Seminole Fire Rescue is on hand for Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s mass casualty exercise on Sept. 25.
SEMINOLE – Despite a rainy morning, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System conducted a mass casualty exercise at the main medical center campus on Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The purpose of the exercise was to test the Bay Pines VAHCS’s mass casualty plan, mass casualty support operations, Incident Command Center and integration with community police, fire and emergency medical agencies. Community agencies participating in the exercise included Seminole Fire Rescue, Largo Fire Rescue, Lealman Fire and Rescue, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Sunstar Ambulance.
The Bay Pines VA is required by The Joint Commission to complete two emergency exercises annually, one of which must include community participation.
“It is critical that we are able to work with the community to respond to emergency situations,” said Dean Armstrong, emergency manager, Bay Pines VAHCS. “While our primary mission is to care for veterans, we also have humanitarian responsibilities as a member of the community and must be ready to respond.”