Heads up: Emergency-response drill at Boeing Field tomorrow

With Boeing Field in clear view of parts of eastern West Seattle, we wanted to share this alert just in from King County about a drill tomorrow:

When catastrophic disasters strike, the number of people in need of medical care can quickly overwhelm hospitals. On Tuesday, April 30, King County hospitals and first responders will practice providing critical medical support in the event of a disaster in a neighboring state.

An emergency exercise held at King County International Airport/Boeing Field will test the region’s ability to receive patients evacuated by air from other states, transport them to local hospitals and triage them for medical care.

On the day of the exercise, 42 mock patients will arrive at King County International Airport/Boeing Field, simulating a flight arrival from another state. First responders will practice disaster triage protocols for the incoming patients, transferring them to ambulances and transporting them to local hospitals. Businesses and residences near King County International Airport/Boeing Field can expect to see a large number of participating ambulances and emergency vehicles at the airport. Emergency vehicles will not use sirens or emergency lights during this exercise. The drill will last from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

5 Replies to "Heads up: Emergency-response drill at Boeing Field tomorrow"

  • haha April 29, 2013 (10:25 am)

    I thought it would be interesting to be one of the injured patient’s in one of these drill’s. Just to watch those pros in action.


  • CE April 29, 2013 (10:48 am)

    Interesting. Who is coordinating this event?

    • WSB April 29, 2013 (11:07 am)

      News release came from King County Public Health. Might be on their site too – I won’t be able to check for a bit – TR

  • miws April 29, 2013 (11:41 am)

    haha, You’d just have to hope that you weren’t instructed to appear unconscious! ;-)



  • haha April 29, 2013 (12:13 pm)

    In that case I’d have to peek when I can, Mike.

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