The Pennsylvania Department of Health hosted a mock disaster drill at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Lebanon County today. Dozens of actors portrayed victims in the simulated plane crash disaster.
"Our mission is to take the pressure off the local hospitals. And send the really sick and injured to the hospitals and we handle the less critical people," says Joseph Schmider State Director with the Bureau of EMS for the Department of Health.
Medical staff even setting up a field hospital with many of the tools used in an emergency room, "We have a generator to provide us with electrical power, air conditioning, oxygen setup, and you can think of it as almost a field emergency room. We can resuscitate and stabilize critically ill patients and then transfer them out to fix facilities and other hospitals. We bring the care to the field so we can provide that care to them initially the other thing is if there was an incident such as the tornadoes that have happened in the Midwest. And maybe the local emergency department doesn’t exist anymore it’s not functional then we could come in and take that place until it’s restored," says Dr. James Dixon an Emergency Physician with the State Medical Assistance Team.