Volunteer Victims Needed
Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice
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PRESS RELEASE: Cortlandt Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps Mass Casualty Full Scale Exercise

VOLUNTEER VICTIMS NEEDED

When: Saturday May 5, 2007, 8 AM to 4 PM approximately

Where: Buchanan/Verplanck School, Hendrick Hudson School District, Westchester Ave., Buchanan NY and the Village of Buchanan recreation pavilion, Tate Ave.

What: A full scale exercise of mass casualty incident involving approximately 200 "victims" taking place in the BV School and recreation facility.

Who: Cortlandt Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the lead exercise agency, with support from the Town of Cortlandt, also local emergency medical services, local fire departments, local police units, Cortlandt public works unit, local ambulance units, Peekskill Cortlandt Amateur Radio Association, amateur radio volunteers, local Town government representatives and local media representatives.

Funding:  New York State Senator Vincent Liebell New York State Legislative Member Item, local emergency first responder units exercise contributions, other local businesses and a major contribution from Indian Point Entergy Nuclear Northeast.

Overview:  The concept is to have first responder volunteers practice their standard operating procedures, triage, and transport response to a potential incident at a local school that involves many "injured" people.

Principles of the Department of Homeland Security National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System will be utilized.

The participating first response agencies have identified specific skills and response objectives, including activation of an emergency operations center, and establish effective communications among the responders, they want to test. The exercise will be evaluated and observed by a pre-selected group to formulate an after action report and lessons learned for identification of additional training.

The role requested of the media, in addition to request to cover this exercise as a news event for the day, would also be to role player in the exercise to explain the methods expected to be utilized in the coverage of this type of incident in an actual incident.

Point of Contact: Jeff Tkacs, Cortlandt Homeland Safety Coordinator, 914-734-2029, cell 914-522-5425, fax 914-862-3376, e-mail jefft@townofcortlandt.com.