Fort Hood emergency responders react to full-scale forces response exercise

7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Ken Scar

Date: 05.15.2013
Posted: 05.18.2013 12:53
News ID: 107185
Fort Hood first responders react to full-scale force response exercise

FORT HOOD, TX – First responders on Fort Hood took part in the III Corps 2013 full-scale forces response exercise on May 15.<br /> <br /> The training exercise began with simulated incidents in the local community, with subsequent Fort Hood events, including vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices resulting in injuries and death. Responders were not forewarned, and their reactions were documented for later after-action reviews.<br /> <br /> One simulated event was a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device outside a building near the 79th street gate that left 47 casualties with varying degrees of injuries - from mere scratches and bruises to severe lacerations and shock. Realistic-looking wounds and blood were applied to the volunteers, who wailed and screamed and did everything they could to make the exercise as realistic as possible.<br /> <br /> “This training was well set up,” said Michael Watkins, a Fort Hood EMT and retired U.S. Army staff sergeant. “The injuries looked very realistic. Some of the them we expected to see, some were much worse.”<br /> <br /> As the exercise was winding down, with the role players all bandaged up and carried away in ambulances, Watkins reflected on the value of this kind of training.<br /> <br /> “Training like this, where we care for real people, is always worthwhile,” he said. “My chief will time the response, and evaluate the treatment we gave each patient. I think it went well. We have lots of experience and knowledge treating patients. The paramedics and EMT’s we have here on Fort Hood are quality people.”