|Emergency scenarios to be acted out in VZ County|
|Written by Clayton Neville|
|Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:22|
Released by the East Texas Council of Governments
Canton, TX, November 1, 2012: The East Texas Council of Governments, in partnership with Regional Advisory Council Trauma Service Area Regions F and G, the City of Canton & Van Zandt County Emergency management, will conduct a Full Scale, Regional Safety Exercise on November 6-8, 2012 in Canton, Texas.
This 72 hour, around the clock event will begin at 7:00 AM on November 6, and will incorporate local and regional emergency responders; local, regional, and state public works agencies; private business partners; and various state / federal agencies and over 60 participating hospitals through the Regional Advisory Council Trauma Service Area Regions F and G; and EMTF Region 4.
The multi day exercise, involving 400 to 500 participants will test many areas of emergency management and medical response. Scenarios during the 3 day exercise will include: a structural collapse, a dive rescue recovery, a confined space-low angle/high angle rescue, a dam break, a hazardous material spill a wide area search and rescue, medical special needs sheltering and two active shooter enactments.
Behind the scenes, a Base of Operations will be established, incorporating major aspects of the Incident Command System, Communications Inter-Operability, and various IT related events, i.e., WEB EOC, video conferencing. Regional hospital facilities will coordinate and receive injured patients in their respective emergency rooms. The State of Texas Type III Incident Management Team will be providing the Command and Control element. Command and control activities, as well as Level II Staging and Aerial Operations, will be conducted from Splash Kingdom located at 18814 Interstate 20, Canton, Texas.