On October 4, MacIsaac Memorial Arena was the site of a mass casualty exercise involving first responders from the Strait area.

PORT HAWKESBURY: A mass casualty exercise was held in the town last week to test the capabilities of local first responders.

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This victim waited for first responders to attend to her wounds at MacIsaac Memorial Arena in Port Hawkesbury on October 4.

Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department chief and Town of Port Hawkesbury Emergency Management coordinator Curtis Doucette explained the simulation was organized by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW).

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During the exericise on October 4 in Port Hawkesbury, NSCC Strait Area Campus students were the casualties.

“It was to make sure [Emergency Health Services] is prepared for mass casualties,” Doucette explained.

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This casualty was the victim of serious injury and awaited medical attention inside MacIsaac Memorial Arena.
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The exercise also involved the Town of Port Hawkesbury, the NSCC Strait Area Campus, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) for Nova Scotia, Emergency Health Services (EHS), volunteer fire departments from Port Hawkesbury, Port Hastings and West Bay Road, as well as the RCMP.

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Volunteer firefighters extract the first casualty from MacIsaac Memorial Arena on October 4.

The simulation took place on October 4 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at MacIsaac Memorial Arena on Reynolds Street in Port Hawkesbury.

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This was the command centre for last Wednesday’s mass casualty exercise in Port Hawkesbury involving the Town of Port Hawkesbury, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Emergency Management Office for Nova Scotia, the NSCC, the RCMP, EHS, and local volunteer fire departments.

“It was a great exercise to practice this,” Doucette said. “It was a benefit to all emergency responders.”

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This casualty suffered a serious abominal injury that required immediate medical attention.

The simulation started with a mass casualty call at the old arena, to which volunteer fire departments responded and identified the injured, then turned them over to EHS. The RCMP assisted with traffic and crowd control, while EMO and DHW took command of the scene.

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EHS paramedic Kim Samson points the way for this casualty of the exercise on October 4 in Port Hawkesbury.

Doucette added that the event was a success.

“From what I hear, from all the players, everything went well.”

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EHS personnel take this casualty to their ambulances in the parking lot of MacIsaac Memorial Arena.