Tribal Emergency Responders Mass Casualty Exercise
165 tribal emergency responders from across the country receive advanced, hands-on training in responding to a mass casualty incident at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. The tribal emergency responders participated in a natural disaster earthquake exercise that tested the skills they have learned at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The exercise took place in and near the Noble Training Facility, the only hospital in the nation dedicated solely to training. The facility includes an emergency department, emergency operations center, ICU, and isolation wards. Center for Domestic Preparedness Superintendent Mike King says the CDP provides a very unique training. Comanche Nation Tribal Police Detective Kieran Daly from Lawton, Oklahoma says they participated as if they were responding to a large influx of injured people in a very short timeframe. He adds the training ties into real-world events that first responders may encounter, such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Today’s exercise is the largest group of tribal responders to attend CDP training at the same time. Also, two responders from Alabama’s Porch Band of Creek Indians attended the training.