"This report discusses the Broward County off-shore emergency response plan, the background considerations made that were used to set up the drill, the drill itself, and lessons learned from the drill. Many fire and rescue organizations can benefit from the concepts in this response plan, even though the plan was specifically designed for an off-shore response at a particular location. Its concept and design can be applied to almost any type of disaster that involves multiple agencies. The lessons learned are applicable to almost any type of multi-casualty incident or exercise. […] On December 6, 1994, the Broward County, Florida, Fire and Rescue Division and a host of other local, state, and federal agencies participated in an aircraft disaster drill in the intracoastal waterway near the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The purpose of the drill was to test the interagency response plan for a downed aircraft in the water. The plan was devised to integrate the response capabilities of multiple agencies under a unified command system. Each of the agencies participating in the drill was charged with a specific emergency response role, and each brought different rescue capabilities which would be necessary to efficiently and expediently handle an off-shore crash with multiple victims. The drill was designed to be as realistic as possible. It included hundreds of victims both on land and in the water, mutual aid fire and emergency medical agencies, the airport fire department, private ambulances, boats, helicopters, the media, and hospitals."
United States Fire Administration Technical Report 079
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