To: Local Residents
From: Deputy Fire Chief Jason Lanzilotti
Subject: Multi-Vehicle Accident Drill
Today, March 20th, 2016, the Bergenfield Fire Department in coordination with the Bergenfield Ambulance Corps will be conducting a multi-injury accident drill on Home Place from 10 am to 12 pm . This communication has a dual purpose. First, to make everyone aware that this is a drill and not an actual incident. Secondly, to afford residents the ability to make appropriate accommodations since there will be partial and complete road closures in the area.
As emergency responders, we respond to hundreds of emergency calls every year, but our foundation still remains with our ability to train. Without proper training and preplanning, we could not improve or fine tune our response and mitigation skills. What we will be training on today is called a mass casualty incident. This is defined as an accident that has produced more casualties than a customary response assignment can handle. For this exercise scenario we will be responding to a multi-vehicle, including a small bus, accident which will require a hazard mitigation, patient extrication, treatment and triage.
Allow us to apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause the neighborhood but I cannot stress the paramount need for our agencies to conduct this type of training in the event that our community calls upon us. This type of training will afford our agencies the confidence and knowledge necessary to act swiftly, safely and professionally, as we have been doing so for the past 110 years with Honor, Fidelity and Duty.
Thank You in advance for your anticipated cooperation, feel free to come see us train and ask questions as a spectator. We just ask that if you do attend, you remain outside our designated safety areas.