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Seabees support local casualty exercise


Seabees play injured to support community readiness


Story by Petty Officer 1st Class John Paul Curtis

Seabees support local casualty exercise By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John P. Curtis
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Public Affairs

CAMARILLO, Calif. - Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Seabees volunteered to play victims in support of local emergency services training for Ventura County on the California State University Channel Islands campus, Jan 14.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with the county fire protection district, emergency medical services, California State University Channel Islands, and the American Red Cross hosted a full-scale preparedness exercise named “Operation Ready Ventura County 2014.” The Exercise scenario was a catastrophic earthquake that has caused significant damage in Ventura County.

In the scenario the Seabees played victims spread across a three-story building complex on the university’s campus.

“After briefing us on the scenario, they applied some realistic and detailed makeup [to] identify our injuries and then we went and waited to be rescued,” said Construction Electrician 3rd Class Caitlin Brown.

The full day of events included being rescued from the building complex, evacuation to the temporary hospital setup at the gymnasium on campus, and also evacuations to the nearby airport.

“This was a great experience and I’m glad I came out to support,” said Utilitiesman 2nd Class Javier Rivera. “It was great to see how [local emergency services] operate.”

Rivera said that being from Hoboken, N.J., and seeing the response from emergency workers after Super Storm Sandy in 2012, he understands the importance of this training to prepare everyone for natural disasters.

“It’s good to see how they operate and also help them train to ensure they can be more effective in an actual catastrophe.”

Nearly a 100 volunteers supported the event, including other Seabees from Naval Construction Group 1, NMCB 4, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, and also students from the university.

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