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Operation Follow Through: Training for mass casualty situations

Posted at 4:30 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 09:03:29-04

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. — Emergency responders are training together this week to prepare for responding to mass casualty scenes. The three-day training organized by South Metro Fire Rescue along with a variety of other agencies is called "Operation Follow Through."

Firefighters, police officers, hospital doctors and nurses, patrol officers and bomb technicians all participated in the training. The operation's goal is to see how each team works together from the beginning of the scenario to the end.

During the training, the emergency call originates as a car fire behind a building with a lot of people yelling. Once emergency crews arrive on scene, they find three car bombs that have gone off with another car bomb that is still active.

Around 30 volunteers acted as victims with moulage simulated wounds, face paint and fake blood. The victims wore cards during the training to describe their medical condition for first responders to provide treatment or transport them to the Sky Ridge Medical Center Emergency Room.

The final day of training is Thursday, August 10.