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Bus Bombing Simulation to Evaluate Sussex County Emergency Preparedness

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GEORGETOWN, Del. – First responders and staff members at four regional hospitals will put their skills and knowledge to the test during a mass casualty incident drill next month.

Bayhealth, Beebe Healthcare, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children will participate in the county-wide exercise on December 10. The drill will simulate the bombing of a bus during a major Sussex County festival, resulting in multiple casualties, in an effort to ensure readiness and the best possible care for Sussex Countians.

The public should not be alarmed by increased activity that day, mostly between 10 a.m. and noon. All hospitals will remain open during the drill.

The exercise will evaluate patient management of bombing victims and assess the use of the DE-TRAC computer system for patient management. It will also evaluate how well multiple responding agencies collaborate and gauge the impact of this type of scenario on Sussex County.

“This is a great opportunity for hospitals, police, EMS, and emergency operations to work together to train and practice how to handle a bombing incident and what unique challenges this would present to all the responders and healthcare agencies,” said Beebe Healthcare's Emergency Management Coordinator Cheryl Littlefield, RN, CHEP.

Multiple organizations are taking part in the exercise, including:

  • Delaware State Police, Explosive Ordnance Division, and Aviation Section
  • Sussex County Emergency Medical Services 
  • Local police, EMS, and fire departments
  • Hospitals, including Beebe, Nanticoke, Bayhealth, and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Lifenet
  • Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus, in Georgetown
  • Students from Lakeforest and Polytech high schools
  • Lewes Police Department
  • Rehoboth Beach Police Department
  • Sussex County Emergency Operations Center
  • Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section
  • Georgetown Fire Company

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