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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Today my son, several of his classmates, and almost a hundred other people participated in an emergency drill at Bush Intercontinental Airport here in Houston. This is something the airport is required to do by the FAA. The details that went into the planning of this event were just mind-boggling. To guarantee the "suddenness of the disaster", emergency responders were just as clueless as the "victims".

Upon arrival, the "plane crash victims" were given sealed envelopes that disclosed their condition/injuries/etc. Many were DOA. Something you would expect from such a disaster. One man lost his arm, a woman had a head injury. The simulated injuries were just amazing.
I'm sure there were many more, but parts were assigned for someone who refused to cooperate and someone who wandered around like they weren't in their right mind. Not to mention their names, but Josh said those were perfect parts for those two girls. I wonder if they will have started talking to him again on Monday?

This is Josh's good friend Luis displaying the burns on his arm. He was one of the lucky ones that got taken to a hospital in downtown Houston by ambulance. Participants had been given arm bands with telephone numbers in case they got separated.

Josh had lacerations to his face. I almost fainted when I first saw him. Doesn't that look real? In spite of having to be at the airport at 6am on a Saturday morning, the guys had a good time and were impressed at the attention that was given to each person.

That said, I would like to thank everyone who meets the definition of an emergency responder. I have been so blessed to have never been in a car wreck or experienced a fire, but it is comforting to know that firemen, EMT's, law enforcement officers are ever-working to sharpen their skills.

May God bless each of you and your families.
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    It is very cool not only that they could participate but that they took advantage of the opportunity.
    2708 days ago
    Gees, you needed to give a "Graphic Nature" warning at he beginning of this blog! Almost lost my dinner!
    2726 days ago
    LEANNROCKS, that is so great that the kids got to participate. a very good experience for them all. And YES, isn't it wonderful that these people are doing the wonderful rescue work, peacekeeping, etc. the real heroes are NOT basketball players. it's Teachers, Paramedics, Firemen, PARENTS! and the thanks they get, they don't get enough money a week to do more than live pay check to pay check! grrrrrrrr.
    2726 days ago
    I work in the control room of a large electric company. We receive the emergency calls of the pole hits, wires down, substation explosions, etc. I have been there for a long time, long enough the know many of the emergency police and fire dispatchers on a first name basis when they call.

    Two of my co-workers are fighting for their lives right now. They were severely burned in an explosion while working to get the lights back on. These men and woman put their lives on the line every day when they show up for work everyday.

    All you hear or read about lately are the problems with these agencies. Reading your blog was a pleasant surprise and is greatly appreciated.

    THANK YOU! emoticon
    2726 days ago
    Besides the fact that this is excellent continuing education for first responders, it was a fabulous experience for the kids! This could possibly turn some of them toward a profession in one of these fields, but it also shows them what can happen in such an event. Perhaps events like this can make them more aware and when they get their drivers' licenses, they'll be a little more careful!
    2726 days ago
    I have been a volunteer fireman/paramedic for almost 20 years. I have participated in MANY drills like the one you described. I would just like to tell you how much your thank you means. Sometimes we just don't hear it often enough. And most of the time, it is really all the appreciation that we need to keep us going after some difficult responses to emergencies. Thank you for recognizing us. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2726 days ago
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