Mass Casualty Exercise Completed in Three Forks

Three Forks Ambulance District
Media Release

Three Forks, MT – Emergency Personnel in Three Forks completed a successful exercise on Mass Casualty Incidents Saturday morning.  Organized by Three Forks Ambulance District, personnel from around Three Forks responded to a simulated plane crash to test their training on successfully managing incidents with numerous injured people.  Mass Casualty Incidents occur infrequently, but when they occur they are high stress situations that require the responding personnel to fall back on special training.  With the low frequency of these events, exercises like these are critical in keeping the responders skills sharp in case an incident like this occurs.

Saturday’s simulated plane crash brought together response personnel from law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services from Three Forks, Gallatin and Jefferson Counties as well as the Highway Patrol.  Personnel from these agencies responded to this exercise not knowing the scenario ahead of time.  Upon their arrival they discovered a plane that had crashed into a car with injured people all over.  The personnel set up a common organizational structure and worked jointly to prioritize the patients using a system known as START Triage.  The patients were then transported to a simulated hospital in Three Forks based on the priority of their simulated injuries.

Participating agencies:

  • Three Forks Ambulance
  • Three Forks Fire
  • Willow Creek Fire
  • American Medical Response
  • Reach Air Medical
  • Bozeman Health
  • Gallatin County Sheriff
  • Jefferson County Sheriff
  • Montana Highway Patrol
  • Gallatin County Emergency Management

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