Agencies Join in Mass Casualty Drill at Yellowstone Airport

Seven agencies recently came together to test their capabilities for fire suppression, medical treatment and law enforcement, as the first ever-mass casualty drill in West Yellowstone was conducted at the Yellowstone Airport.


“We learned where adjustments can be made,” he said. “Ultimately, it was a success and we’re looking to do more training throughout the year.”

According to Kadlec, the airport is required to do an emergency and a security tabletop exercise once a year to satisfy Federal Aviation Administration and TSA requirements. Tabletop exercises are discussions where invested parties discuss various scenarios in a meeting form. By having a mock mass casualty drill, they combined the exercises into one event, and went above and beyond what they are required to do.

Overall, Waldron said he’s pleased with the outcome of the drill.

“It went very well,” he said. “Everyone was able to complete their assignments and test their capabilities and learn their strengths and weaknesses. I’m very happy with the outcome.”

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