WHINSEC Joins CEMA for a Disaster Response Exercise

WHINSEC Joins CEMA for a Disaster Response Exercise

By Lee A. Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs
May 03, 2017

Muito apreciamos a realização do Curso de Operações de Assuntos Civis, uma realização de relevante importância para os paísesdo âmbito da Segurança Hemisférica Ocidental, que merece permanente incentivo visando a sua ampliação durante o ano letivo.
Vivemos época de grande necessidades de meios, adestramento de pessoal e disponibilidade de pronto emprego na maioria dos países para atender incertezas e ameaças à segurança da população em áreas de riscos e zonas metropolitanas. Desejamos muito sucesso ao WHINSEC.

Ney de Araripe Sucupira
Delegado Regional -São Paulo- BR
Associação dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra Almost each year since 1994, Civil Affairs students from the School of the Americas and then from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) have played a central role in the Columbus Emergency Management Agency’s disaster response exercises. In preparation for the exercise, the students practiced evacuation of wounded or injured by helicopter, using military aviation assets. The Columbus fire and safety organizations also gave the WHINSEC personnel some whitewater rafting experience before applying it. The exercise had WHINSEC participants in the role of a military swift water rescue team deployed to a jurisdiction devastated by floods as a result of heavy rains associated with a hurricane that has just passed over the city. The city had requested assistance from the state to assist with rescue of citizens trapped by flood waters and swift moving water but the state was unable to assist with a swift water rescue team. The request was forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and this simulated team was deployed at their official request. The team, upon arrival, was paired with members of the local Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the joint team decided on assignments, equipment needs, communications needs, and command-and-control management needs. The team was briefed on the location of suspected trapped victims and then team deployed with boats, communications gear and appropriate safety equipment to search the designated area for victims. Victims were located and their medical conditions assessed. Injured victims were removed to a designated patient collection area. Non-ambulatory victims or victims unable to be safely moved were located and their locations(s) sent. A medevac helicopter called to the designated location lowered a Stokes basket and the team “packaged” the victim (a mannequin, not a person, for safety reasons) for lift out. Once all patients were located, removed, and triaged the exercise was over. The 2017 Civil Affairs Operations Course has been in session since March 21st; its students graduated on April 27th in a combined ceremony with a Countering Transnational Threats Course, a Senior Enlisted Advisor Course, and an International Operational Law Course.
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