VIDEO & PHOTOS: Lakewood Holds its First-ever Twp-Wide MCI Training Drill

mci 2VIDEO & PHOTOS: Lakewood on Tuesday held its first -ever Township-wide Mass Casualty Incident training drill, simulating an explosion at the Blue Claws stadium.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene to find dozens of patients injured in a gas explosion on the upper level of the stadium building.

All of Lakewood’s Emergency Services were called in, as well as mutual aid from neighboring townships.

chopper mciAfter tagging the patients with either green, yellow, red and black tags – with black being a deceased party – the patients were then brought out to the Triage area, where they awaited treatments on a priority basis. Once receiving initial treatment, the injured were placed on waiting ambulances and transported to various hospitals. Some patients needed to be airlifted.

It took about two hours to locate remove all the patients from the building and to secure the scene.

“This really tests our abilities to respond to a real emergency,” says Committeeman and Liaison to Emergency Services Meir Lichtensteien.

A similar drill was held last October in Lakewood, though this one was on a much larger scale. [TLS]

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  1. Do they really say 3rd base side ? and front of the bldg near garbage can ? wouldnt they say East, northeast or whatever ? either way, nice drill. The screaming is fantastic.

  2. As a professional watcher of emergency situations & as someone with waaaaay too much time on his hands, I would have to vote Meyer Rosenbaum as the best EMT from all the responding personnel. He was fast, prompt, corteous, respectful & worked well with his peers. Coupled with the fact that he’s a superb flute player, makes him an easy choice for #1. Go Meyer, you rock star, you !!!

  3. In a real life situation in our town it does make sense, to say what was transmitted..Its a ball stadium..there is really no easier way to say it. This way the First Responders know where they are needed to go and instead of asking a million questions the firefighters knew exactly where to do and what do to..It may not help in every situation but for this one it did.
    And it was a good drill, lot was learned by those that were there.

  4. yes the really say 3rd base side.. a lot of people don’t understand north south ect. and not all volunteers understand the a side or b side of a building, so to simplify it for everyone we use clear text. something everyone can understand.

  5. it’s comforting to know that our emergency responders are equipped to deal with emergencies of such epic proportions. The video was chilling – great acting by “victims”!!

  6. As an emergency services volunteer, we are trained to never use codes when there is a situation where multiple organizations are involved.

    No “10-4”, no “copy” etc.

    The reason for that is, “copy” can be used by the police for one meaning, and have another meaning when used with the fire dept.

    So that’s the answer why simple language was used.


  7. Nice Job to all involved . As for the first MCI drill to held in town, not even close. The Civil Defense, First aid, and Fire dept held many joint MC drills in town and out in the industrial park back in the 1960’s into 1980’s. Mutual aid was included in many of those drills. Sad that none of the leaders or participants are still around.

  8. Hey, “Just Asking” good memory. I too remember some great drills.

    Here are some other MCI drills held in Lakewood over the years – pine park simulating plane crash, blue claw stadium (avenue of the states) simulating hijacked school bus, blue claws stadium (3rd base bleacher) simulating a plane crash, Church and Dwight simulating multiple scenarios over the years, Lakewood High School simulating bleacher collapse.

    Yes, the leaders have retired. Its sad they were very experienced and knowledgeable responders. Most importantly, they respected their role and weren’t pretending to be something there not. No Fakes!

    There are still some participants around and remain very active but they have been pushed to the side, ignored and not called upon for assistance. WHAT A SHAME!

  9. Papa Bear – i agree w/ command pist #4. Theres gotta be more than “wanting to help people” that makes people wanna sign up w/ Hatzolah. If they wanted to help they can vol for Bikur Cholim or Tomche Shabbos etc ….sure, they wanna help but it may also helpthem feel accomplished; they may need external stimuli, whatever. Anyway – kudos to the Hatzolah vols – We love u guys !!!

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