Thursday, July 31, 2014

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Clatsop County, and numerous partner agencies will conduct a Mass Rescue and Maritime Security exercise on the Astoria waterfront Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

The exercise will focus on the initial response actions and interagency cooperation during a significant on-water event and provides the response community an opportunity to improve preparedness and practice command and control in the field within an incident command/unified command framework.

The scenario consists of a simulated cruise ship, represented by the Job Corps vessel Ironwood, experiencing an explosion and grounding west of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.  Numerous casualties from the vessel will require evacuation to shore for triage and medical treatment by local EMS and hospital staff, with some being taken for simulated follow-on treatment at local hospitals.  An investigation of the explosion will ensue by appropriate law enforcement agencies to determine causes and follow-on actions.

Agencies participating in this event include: Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, US Job Corps, Clatsop County Emergency Management, FBI and Coast Guard Investigative Services, Columbia River Bar Pilots, Port of Astoria, Oregon State Police, Astoria Fire Dept, Astoria Police Dept, Cannon Beach Fire Dept, Port of Portland Fire & Rescue, Clatsop Co. Sheriff Office, Clatsop Co. Public Health, Medix Ambulance Service, Clatsop Co. Red Cross, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital and other local agencies and stakeholders.

The exercise may impact traffic in the immediate area of the West Mooring Basin but should have little effect on Hwy 30 and other key routes.

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