Army holds mass casualty exercise at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — Military members and first responders put their mass casualty response skills to the test Thursday, during an annual training exercise at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) in Brunswick County.
While members of the 596th Transportation Brigade apprehended a team of attackers and made sure everyone was accounted for, firefighters helped more than a dozen wounded. This was just one day of a week-long exercise which required the work of more than 200 personnel.
"What we want to do is take a look at our response team, we also want to look at our security personnel and how they handle a situation of attack," said Command Sgt. Major Felton Head, of the U.S. Army.
Throughout the exercise, evaluators were taking pictures and video taping what was occurring. The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) organized the practice operation.
"Our jobs is to bump it up the next scale, make it a little more difficult, a little more harder, let these guys self-discover what exactly they need to do to overcome any event," said Larry Ragan, the Command Anti-Terrorism Officer with SDDC.
However this all was not just a training exercise for the military members and first responders on the installation, 10 of the victims were taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital.
"The professionals at Dosher can then treat them. They also are testing their response plans and emergency procedures,” said Ragan.
The exercise requires communication between the crew on the installation as well as emergency officials on the outside.
"This gives us an opportunity to share information with those emergency first responders at the local, state, and federal levels and to also continue to build a strong relationship with them,” said Head.
Some of those involved in the exercise received feedback right after they finished. A complete review is expected Friday.