MASCAL exercise tests first responders
January 29, 2013
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan and the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital held a joint mass casualty incident training exercise to test the readiness capabilities of first responders here, Jan. 24.
The training tested Military Police, firefighters and hospital staff to respond to an emergency in which there is a report of mass casualties. The MASCAL provided the unexpected, and it pushed responders to their limits by presenting various scenarios. However, the responders proved their ability to cope with such difficulty.
"The training was realistic," said Sgt. Kinger Grant, a noncommissioned officer of the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital. "And today's training provided our team a fresh experience. Although there is always a room for improvement, I think that we did a good job overall."
Ted Toussaint, the emergency manager for USAG Yongsan's Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security, evaluated the exercise as excellent.
"I believe the exercise went very well," Toussaint said. "We had three goals: First, we wanted to assess our plans and procedures. Next, we tried to identify the communication gaps between responders. Lastly, we aimed to clarify roles and responsibilities that each participant should hold. And we accomplished all three. That makes the exercise successful."
The MASCAL exercise holds importance among the garrison because it provides a chance to prove the communication ability between first responders in case of emergency. By doing so regularly, the garrison drills its capacity of coping with unexpected incidents to perfect.
"I am relieved to find out once again that I am being protected properly even at unexpected occasions," said Ash Lederer, who participated in the MASCAL as a patient. "I was taken good care of and especially the fact that the Servicemembers are continuously training to maintain best quality care will make everybody feel much better."
With Servicemembers well trained by exercises such as MASCAL training, USAG Yongsan and BAACH provide qualified safety service even at the most urgent situation.