Mass Casualty Incidents: Preparing for the Worst
A mass casualty incident (MCI) is a situation in which there are multiple injuries or deaths resulting from a single event. This can include natural disasters, terrorist attacks, industrial accidents, and transportation accidents, among other things. In the event of an MCI, firefighters and other emergency responders must be prepared to handle a large number of casualties in a short period of time.
When responding to an MCI, firefighters will typically establish a command structure to coordinate the response. This is usually led by an incident commander, who is responsible for making decisions and giving orders to the other responders. Firefighters will also assess the scene to determine the number of casualties and the type of injuries they have sustained. Based on this assessment, they will decide on the best course of action to provide medical care and transport the injured to hospitals.
In addition to providing medical care, firefighters will also work to prevent further injuries and fatalities. This may involve shutting off power or gas to the affected area, or evacuating people from the scene. Firefighters will also work to prevent the spread of fire, if any, and secure the area to prevent looting or other criminal activities.
MCIs are highly stressful and chaotic events, and responding to them requires a high level of coordination and cooperation between different agencies and organizations. Firefighters must be well-trained and prepared to respond to these types of incidents in order to minimize the number of casualties and protect the public.
Last Updated on February 22, 2023