Recently personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and Communications attended 2018 Fatality Management Tabletop Exercise in Topeka. This exercise was scenario based. We were given a scenario and everyone at the table was able to contribute their part and work through all aspects.
The scenario given to all counties in Kansas was an explosion at the county fair. We worked through taking the initial call, getting units to respond, calling in additional resources, controlling the scene, all the way through to assisting in rebuilding the county fair. We only spent 5 hours on this exercise but in reality of a mass casualty the amount of time we would spend on it would be way more.
This training gave us all the opportunity to talk amongst ourselves and see what resources each agency has available. In a mass casualty incident we all have to work together.
Some of the agencies work together on a weekly basis. Others only in the middle of a big emergency so sitting down and working together in a non emergency setting is a great training for all involved. We were able to learn from the funeral services which is an agency we do not have a lot of interaction with.
Participating were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Communications/911, Washington County Health Department, Washington County Emergency Management, Washington County Commissioner, Washington County Fire Department, Ministerial Association, Funeral Services & the Washington County Hospital.