News: 109th Airlift Wing conducts national disaster medical system drill at Stratton Air National Guard Base
SCOTIA, N.Y. - The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing will participate in a National Disaster Medical System exercise Thursday and Friday, Aug. 8 and 9, at Stratton Air National Guard Base.
Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Aplaus Volunteer Fire Department will also participate.
Members of the press will have the opportunity to observe the exercise on Thursday, Aug. 8.
WHO: Personnel from the 109th Airlift Wing, the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Disaster Medical System, the Civil Air Patrol and the Alplaus Volunteer Fire Department.
WHAT: During the exercise patients will be stabilized for transport, loaded into a C-130 and evacuated to practice the routines which are required during an actual medical evacuation.
The members of the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and civilian medical personnel will also practice the tasks they will conduct on the aircraft. Patients, being simulated by Civil Air Patrol cadets, will be moved from the Aplaus Volunteer Fire Department to Stratton Air National Guard Base, loaded into a C-130 and prepared for transport.
The plane will then take off and land and the patients will be offloaded to complete one iteration of the exercise.
WHEN: 8:45 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
WHERE: Stratton Air National Guard Base, Maple Avenue, Scotia, N.Y.
For access to this secure military facility contact Capt. Anthony Bucci, the 109th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Officer at 202-423-8642.
At 7:30 a.m., simulated patients will be moved from the Alplaus Fire Department to Stratton Air National Guard Base. Those patients well be loaded on a C-130 at 9:15 a.m. and the plane will take off at 10 a.m.
Media will have an opportunity to view the exercise and collect still and video imagery. Lt. Col. Brian Backus, the 139th Aeromedical Squadron Director of Operations will be available for interviews and can explain the exercise.
National Disaster Medical System
The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system that augments the nation's medical response capability. The overall purpose of the NDMS is to establish a single integrated National medical response capability for assisting state and local authorities in dealing with the medical effects of major peacetime disasters and to provide support to the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs medical systems in caring for casualties evacuated back to the U.S. from overseas armed conventional conflicts.
Stratton Air National Guard base is a Federal Coordinating Center. Federal Coordinating Centers recruit hospitals and maintain local non-federal hospital participation in the NDMS, coordinate exercise development and emergency plans with participating hospitals and other local authorities in order to develop patient reception, transportation, and communication plans, and during system activation, coordinate the reception and distribution of patients being evacuated to the area.
At the disaster site, patients will be stabilized for transport. In most cases, patients will be evacuated by the Department of Defense aeromedical evacuation system. At the airport of the NDMS reception area, patients will be met by a local medical team that will sort, assess, and match those patients to participating hospitals, according to procedures developed by local authorities and the local area's NDMS Federal Coordinating Center. Patients will be transported to participating hospitals using locally available ground and air transport.
The 109th Airlift Wing:
The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing is the only unit in the United States military that flies aircraft equipped to land on snow. The wing provides support to National Science Foundation operations in Antarctica and Greenland and has also flown conventional C-130s in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As members of the National Guard the airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing have also responded to a number of state emergencies including Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.