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Mass Casualty Management Training for the Sister Islands

Local News 14 Jun, 2021 Follow News

Mass Casualty Management Training for the Sister Islands

Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are better prepared for a major incident following Mass Casualty Management (MCM) Training held from 10-15 May 2021.

Thirty-one individuals from a range of response agencies took part, including representatives from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), Cayman Islands Fire Service, Cayman Airports Authority (CIAA), Customs and Border Control, and the Health Services Authority (HSA).

Volunteers from the Cayman Brac Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Brac chapter of the Cayman Islands Red Cross also took part.

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) certified training was hosted by Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI).

“Fortunately, major incidents involving mass casualties occur infrequently,” explained HMCI Director Danielle Coleman. “But because they don’t happen often, it can make it harder to mount an effective multi-agency response when they do occur. We therefore need to train and practice, so that when we are facing a serious situation that initially overwhelms capacity at the hospitals, we are ready, and in the best position possible to treat victims and save as many lives as possible.”

A ‘Mass Casualty Incident’ is any event resulting in a number of victims large enough to disrupt the normal course of emergency health care services such as a major fire, a multi-car traffic accident, earthquake or a plane crash.

Some of the subject areas covered in the training included emergency medicine, the organization of advanced medical posts, psycho-social care, the management of dead bodies and division of roles and responsibilities of first responders.

The MCM course took place at the Aston Rutty Community Centre and was conducted by locally-trained PAHO Instructors including CIAA Chief Safety Officer Andrew McLaughlin, Nurse Charmaine Coore and David (Jayce) Wilson of HSA, Inspector Ian Yearwood of the RCIPS and Simon Boxall of HMCI.

Ms. Coleman said, “The MCM training is vital for maintaining a state of maximum readiness for a major incident, and it allows first responders to practice working together so that if an event occurs, they can approach the delivery of the emergency response as a high-functioning, cohesive and effective team.”

She added, “We really appreciate the commitment shown by all who participated in the training in the Brac, and also the support provided by District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts and his team. It really is an intensive programme that pushes the participants to their limit. Everyone involved put in maximum effort and dedication, and we are now better prepared as a result.”

For more information, contact Simon Boxall at 244-3145 or simon.boxall@gov.ky

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