By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Amadi, Naval District Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Support Activity Annapolis partnered with Anne Arundel county, the city of Annapolis, Anne Arundel medical Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center to conduct an active shooter and mass casualty exercise on base as part of Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019, Feb. 6.
CS/SC is an annual two-week anti-terrorism and force protection exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on all Navy installations in the continental United States.
“I think it went extremely well,” said Patrick Jones, Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Training Officer. “Everything was done properly and in a timely fashion. There’s always little things we look to improve on and we always work on those things during drills.”
“We always learn from mistakes and that’s what makes us better. I want the people who participated in this drill to recognize the mistakes they made today so they don’t make them during a real-world emergency.”
Naval security forces apprehended volunteers playing the role of active shooters. More than 40 additional volunteers playing wounded victims were transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center and Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. The volunteers playing victims were treated for their injuries by local emergency services.
“Anne Arundel Medical Center has collaborated with the Naval Support Activity Annapolis for the mass casualty exercise for more than ten years,” said Patty Sherman, Anne Arundel Medical Center Emergency Manager.
“This yearly exercise has been enhanced to support all of the community emergency management entities and to also include Baltimore Washington Hospital Center, and has grown to be a very large exercise event within our community. As a community hospital, we are extremely grateful to the Navy for allowing us to expand and improve upon our policies and procedures in order to provide stabilization and care for potential victims of mass casualty events.”
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