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Two Mass Casualty Drills on Sunday

Fri, 04/19/2024 - 10:03

It may seem like a major incident involving a train when fire, police, and emergency medical service personnel are on site at 555 Montauk Highway in Amagansett Sunday, but rest assured, it will be only a drill. All the emergency service agencies in East Hampton Town have been invited to take part in the mass casualty incident drill, organized by the East Hampton Town Chiefs Association, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road. 

Emergency vehicles will be on hand and actors will play the role of patients. Drills such as this one are held fairly frequently, sometimes on the beaches or at sporting venues, to prepare emergency services for the real thing.

The chiefs association notes, "The exercise is a drill and will not disrupt emergency services as other crews will be standing by at the ready to answer the regular call volume. Hospital access is also unrestricted."

Stony Brook Medicine has also altered the news media that a “full-scale mass casualty surge exercise” will take place in the vicinity of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on Sunday. While traffic will be disrupted, a press release said, this exercise will also not disrupt hospital services. “All staff, patients and visitors will have unrestricted access. Residents in the area will also have access to and from their homes during the training.”

Fire and police departments from across the South Fork, as well as emergency-medical services crews, will participate in the drill, which will involve a scenario requiring the triage and transportation of volunteer actors playing the role of patients. 
 
Road closures are anticipated at Meeting House Lane, between Lewis Street and Old Town Road; Lewis Street, between Meeting House and Herrick; Herrick Road, between Lewis and Old Town; Old Town Road, between Rogers Avenue and Wickapogue Road, and Wickapogue Road, between Old Town and Narrow Lane.

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