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Published on September 13th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Fort Jackson holds mass casualty exercise

FORT JACKSON, SC — Fort Jackson Soldiers, employees and visitors can expect longer than usual wait times to enter post Sept. 26 and there could be traffic snarls near the installation’s entrance gates. There will also be increased activity of emergency vehicles to and from post as the installation holds a force protection exercise that will involve numerous simulated casualties.

Post officials and various community activities are testing their ability to respond to multiple simulated incidents with a comprehensive exercise which will encompass security elements and emergency services from Fort Jackson and the local community responding to multiple simulated incidents. Simulated casualties will be transported by emergency vehicles to several area hospitals as part of the exercise.

The post Crisis Management Team will manage the incidents by providing command and control as well as support to the exercise incident sites. Due to the nature of the incidents the installation will raise the Force Protection Condition to its highest level, which will halt traffic entering the installation.

The exercise will focus on several specific areas to include mass casualty operations, emergency operation center procedures, emergency responder procedures to multiple incidents, and increasing force protection measures to mitigate possible threats.

The exercise will assess the post’s response measures to multiple all-hazard situations and validate the crisis management plans and procedures for mitigating them.

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