• First responders from the military police and the fire department assess simulated casualties during the mass-casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Scenarios like this exercise gives emergency services personnel opportunities to hone their skills and check the emergency response system in place. Exercises like these assure that Third Army is ready tonight to sustain the fight with emergency medical services.

    Third Army conducts force-readiness exercise

    First responders from the military police and the fire department assess simulated casualties during the mass-casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Scenarios like this exercise gives emergency services personnel opportunities to hone...

  • Simulated casualties' injuries, which are attached to them on white cards, are evaluated and separated according to the degree of their injuries during a mass casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Firefighters, Emergency Medical Services, and military police were evaluated on their response times and how they handled the casualties. Exercises like these assure that Third Army is ready tonight to sustain the fight with emergency medical services.

    Third Army conducts force-readiness exercise

    Simulated casualties' injuries, which are attached to them on white cards, are evaluated and separated according to the degree of their injuries during a mass casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Firefighters, Emergency Medical...

  • Firefighters and medical specialists load the simulated casualties into a field ambulance during a mass casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The casualties are being transported to the medical treatment facility to receive their next level of care. Exercises like these assure that Third Army is ready tonight to sustain the fight with emergency medical services.

    Third Army conducts force-readiness exercise

    Firefighters and medical specialists load the simulated casualties into a field ambulance during a mass casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The casualties are being transported to the medical treatment facility to receive their...

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Mowry, 3rd Medical Deployment Support Command, prepares a simulated casualty to receive an x-ray during a mass casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The exercise was conducted to hone and test the skills of medical personnel. Mascal exercises require the coordination of the fire department, Emergency Medical Services, and the medical treatment facility. Exercises like these assure that Third Army is ready tonight to sustain the fight with emergency medical services.

    Third Army conducts force readiness exercise

    Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Mowry, 3rd Medical Deployment Support Command, prepares a simulated casualty to receive an x-ray during a mass casualty exercise Aug. 6, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The exercise was conducted to hone and test the...

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, Aug. 11, 2011 -- Third Army servicemembers conducted a mass-casualty exercise to validate incident response and exercise reporting procedures here Aug. 6.

The exercise scenario had a 25-passenger bus with a notional bomb attempting to drive through the gate. The exercise evaluated reaction to the detonation of the bomb, which hypothetically injured several Soldiers.

“My job at the MASCAL (mass casualty) scenario was to role play as a casualty victim,” said Sgt. Nicholas Davis with the 160th Signal Brigade South West Asia Cyber Center, Kuwait.

Davis was one of several servicemembers who role played as a casualty. The role players wore casualty cards and make up to simulate their wounds.

“I was assessed by multiple medical personnel who labeled my status red, meaning high priority,” Davis stated. “I was promptly rushed to the emergency room where I was treated.”

The exercise utilized several first responders, from civilian firefighters to military police, all of whom appreciated the chance to hone and sharpen their skills.

Operational controllers were tasked to look at every aspect of the medical training from the injury site, to arrival at the medical treatment facility.

“My expectations are for each level of care, from the first responders on the ground at the point of injury, to the Navy corpsman at the medical treatment facility, to use their skills and training to conserve the fighting strength,” said Master Sgt. Vincent Johnson, plans and operations noncommissioned officer for the 3rd Medical Deployment Support Command.

Division chiefs were also there checking the responses of their personnel.

“Everyone responded quickly and knew what the mission was,” said Rick Tabban, division chief, Emergency Medical Services, Area Support Group - Kuwait. “It was close to real-life because we actually had two ambulances called out on emergencies before the exercise commenced.”

Davis expressed what’s at the heart of mascal exercises such as these.

“I think these sorts of exercises are prudent for the simple fact that you never know when disaster will strike,” Davis said. “Most medical procedures are considered skill level one (basic level), but like with anything learned in life, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. These skills, which are considered basic, can mean death to a casualty if the medical expert hesitates.”

Training scenarios like mascal exercises ensure that Third Army can continue their mission to sustain the fight by providing top-notch care for the wounded.

Page last updated Thu August 11th, 2011 at 13:13