Memorial Health System and Peterson Air Force Base collaborated in a mass crisis exercise called Condor Crest on April 27. The scenario involved a multi-pronged drone attack. The attack involved the dropping of sodium hydroxide, a caustic chemical, and the detonation of an explosive device, causing traumatic injuries. Due to the use of chemicals, patient actors were taken through the decontamination process.
Memorial assembled teams of emergency department clinicians at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North to teach them how to protect patients, themselves and the facility from harm in case of a chemical crisis. In all, Memorial received 30 patients.
From a base perspective, Jeff Bohn, a public affairs officer at Peterson AFB, said they are required to do similar exercises on a quarterly basis.
“We work with our civilian partners to test all aspects of our emergency response capabilities,” Bohn said, adding other exercises have included an active shooter scenario on base where local civilian law enforcement assisted.
“Memorial trains regularly so we are prepared for any emergency or situation that may arise in our community,” said Mark Mayes, senior director of emergency services for Memorial. “Through drills like this, we fine tune our skills and processes so we can continue to provide the community with the best care when it’s needed most. This was an excellent training opportunity for Memorial, and we are grateful to work with Peterson Air Force Base.’’
(Editor’s Note: Memorial calls the exercise Warfit, while Peterson Air Force Base calls it Condor Crest. In doing joint exercises, it’s not unusual for groups involved to have their own names.)