Sugarbush Resort and Community Perform Mass Casualty Incident Drill


John Bleh
Sugarbush Resort

Warren, VT (October 27, 2015) – On Wednesday, October 21st Sugarbush Resort, in partnership with the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service (MRVAS) and the Warren, Moretown, and Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Departments, staged a Mass Casualty Incident Drill from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Mt. Ellen.

The drill addressed a hypothetical situation involving carbon monoxide poisoning that affected fifteen victims. The training saw fifty first responders from the fire departments and MRVAS, as well as around twenty employees and volunteers from Sugarbush. The exercise included practicing with self-contained breathing apparatus, backboarding patients, setting up an onsite triage, and tagging victims.

“We were thrilled to be the host of such an important training exercise,” said Amber Broadaway, Risk Manager at Sugarbush Resort. “It was great to see the varied organizations working together. The evening was a terrific display of community partnering. I feel fortunate that so many locals volunteer their time as emergency responders. We look forward to hosting future training drills with these organizations.”

The organizations planned the exercise to test response times and methods. The intent was to get the organizations practiced in working together, as well as get valuable training experience for mass casualty incidents.