Hands on training through mass casualty drill

Medford, Ore. — First responders swarmed a runway near the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport Wednesday for a mass casualty training drill.

What looked like a tragic accident to people passing by was just preparing emergency crews for any potential deadly event that could happen at the airport. Dozens of volunteers even got full makeup to make the exercise as real as possible.

“They’ve got bones sticking out, they’ve got bruises, lacerations, and burns,” the airport’s public information officer, Kim Stearns, said. “The volunteers act like they’re wounded. We have walking wounded people who don’t look like they’re wounded but in shock.”

The airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct live mass casualty training drills every three years.


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