Sandwich, MA School Evacuation Exercise

On June 9, HEM students partnered with the Sandwich Fire Department, Cape Cod Collaborative, and Outerlink to perform an elementary school evacuation exercise of nine children with disabilities. The exercise was titled “Operation S.T.A.R. Trek”.

This exercise served as a practice in the evacuation and transportation of nine children with disabilities from Cape Cod Collaborative elementary school to a safe offsite location. Sandwich, MA Fire Department and Police Department ran incident command, Sandwich EMTs triaged students as they arrived at the offsite location, Boston University Healthcare Emergency Medicine masters students served various roles under the Incident Commander, and Outerlink LLC supplied GPS tracking devices used to ensure that no students were unaccounted for during the exercise.

The team performance was exceptional.  The interagency, public/private, academic team that was created for the purposes of this exercise ran seamlessly.  It was clear that this high-functioning team would perform just as well in a true crisis situation.  Operation S.T.A.R. Trek can serve as a terrific national model for small-scale exercises in local communities.”
-Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (observer)

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