Mass casualty incident drill tries night time capability of emergency responders

This year’s MCI drill staged by the City Government of Malaybalay challenged the capability and capacity of a coordinated inter-agency emergency response to act on a mass casualty scenario caused by earthquake and fire, where they showcased their skills, mobility and equipment.

The drill happened eight o’clock in the evening at Cudal St., Barangay 2, Tuesday, July 4, where fire incident ensued in five buildings that trapped 30 victims and displaced 150 tenants, this after a simulated 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

A considerable 30-minute power interruption concentrated at the location of the drill pose a great deal of challenge to responders where visibility was difficult under the cover of darkness.

Fire personnel extinguished the fire before search and rescue team was cleared to rescue the victims.

City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Alan J. Comiso led the drill as the Incident Commander which activated the incident command system.

During the post evaluation, DRRMO Comiso thanked the strong support of the participants as we are geared and prepared for worst case scenario that may possibly strike our City.

At least 300 actors portrayed their respective role were from the different agencies, Army, Police, TMC, EMTs, volunteers, barangay 2 officials and residents.

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