Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Nicholas Wills portrays a deceased teenager after a single-car accident.
Photo by Capt. Gregory E. Thomas, Wisconsin Wing
Capt. Pamela Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Walco Composite Squadron
WISCONSIN – Cadets from Walco Composite Squadron served as victims of a single-car accident in Darien when fire and rescue departments from the municipalities of Delavan, Darien, Elkhorn Sharon, and Williams Bay gathered Saturday to practice multiagency response to a mass casualty incident.
Cadet Capt. Brandon Nance, Cadet Chief Master Sgts. Jerome Etten and Nick Wills, Cadet Staff Sgt. Grant Eckhoff and Cadet Airman 1st Class Josh Magnus portrayed five of the eight teenagers in an overcrowded car in the accident scenario.
Magnus acted as driver, while Etten, Nance and Wills were positioned on the ground outside the car, as if ejected in the collision. Each simulated injury came with instructions, such as, "Gently squeeze the (juice) bulb every time you take a shallow breath," or "You have a dazed look and you're moaning."
Sharon Rescue Squad personnel were first to arrive at the staged accident. They assessed the situation, called for additional emergency medical technicians and ambulances and began triage. The other departments then simulated arrival in the time it would have taken them to drive from their respective stations to the staging site.
The Darien Fire Department, using a hydraulic Jaws of Life, removed the passenger door of the "wrecked" Pontiac Grand Am. EMTs from Darien and Delavan realistically treated simulated injuries, applying neck braces, bandaging wounds and strapping the injured to backboards.
Darien Fire & Rescue provided the incident commander, while Elkhorn and Delavan provided evaluators.