Yesterday there was an emergency response drill at the airport. Community members were asked to volunteer to be part of the process in order to enable city emergency responders to practice their organization and skills in the event of a tragic occurrence. The FAA requires every airport to perform these drills every three years.
The day was sectioned into two parts and a volunteer could sign up for all or part of the day. The morning was designed as the Response Phase, where volunteers would act as victims of a plane crash, and the afternoon was set up for Family Reunification, where volunteers would be searching for their injured loved ones from the crash at the local hospitals. I signed up for the whole day. When I heard about this volunteer opportunity I was motivated to get involved due to having been active with the clean-up efforts of the local avalanche that struck a neighborhood in our town three months ago, burying four and claiming the life of one. After that experience I figured the more I can do to help train emergency responders the better.
The Response Phase required us to sign in around 7:30am. We were given cards upon our arrival that listed our injuries and symptoms and then proceeded to go through moulage, the application of scars and make-up to simulate our assigned injuries. There were around 70 volunteers so this process took some time. My card stated that I had upper back pain, a lacerated left shoulder, and trouble breathing deeply. It also had my vitals listed on it. Here is a pic of my fake wound: