Walco Cadets Role Play in Mass Casualty Drill
DARIEN, WIS. – Cadets from Walco Composite Squadron, based in Elkhorn, played the roles of victims of a single car accident in Darien on Saturday when fire and rescue departments from the municipalities of Delavan, Darien, Elkhorn, Sharon and Williams Bay met to practice a multiagency response to a mass casualty incident. Darien Fire & Rescue provided the Incident Commander, while Elkhorn and Delavan provided evaluators.
Cadet Captain Brandon Nance, Cadet Chief Master Sergeants Jerome Etten and Nick Wills, Cadet Staff Sergeant Grant Eckhoff, and Cadet Airman 1st Class Josh Magnus were tasked to play five of the eight teenagers in an overcrowded car involved in a single car accident.
Cadet Magnus played the driver of the car, while Cadets Nance, Etten, and Wills were positioned on the ground outside the car to simulate having been ejected during the accident. Each simulated injury came with instructions such as, “Gently squeeze the (juice) bulb every time you take a shallow breath,” or “you have a dazed look and you’re moaning.”
Responders from the Sharon Rescue Squad were first to arrive at the staged accident, assessed the situation, called for additional Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and ambulances and began triage. The other departments “arrived” in the time it would have taken them to drive from their respective stations to the staging location.
The Darien Fire Department, using a hydraulic Jaws-of-Life, removed the passenger door of the “wrecked” Pontiac Grand Am. EMTs from Darien and Delavan realistically treated simulated injuries, to include applying neck braces, bandaging, and strapping the injured to backboards.