The purpose of the exercise is to test the Bay Pines VAHCS's mass casualty plan, mass casualty support operations, Incident Command Center (ICC) and integration with community fire and emergency medical agencies.
Community agencies participating in the exercise include:
Seminole Fire Rescue and Hazmat
Largo Fire Department and Hazmat
Madeira Beach Fire Department
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and Hazmat
Pinellas Park Fire and Hazmat
Palm Harbor Fire and Hazmat
Pinellas County Dispatch
Seminole Community Emergency Response Team
"It is very important that we are able to work cooperatively with our community partners when responding to emergencies or crisis situations," said Dean Armstrong, Emergency Manager, Bay Pines VAHCS. "While our principal mission is to deliver 5-star health care services and customer experiences to the men and women we serve, we also have humanitarian duties as a member of the community and must be ready to respond."
General questions and media inquiries about the exercise should be directed to Jason W. Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS, at 727-398-6661, extension 15031, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.