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First Responders Converge at Ukiah Hospital for Annual Trauma Expo Simulating a Large Casualty Incident

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Trauma nurse and doctor discuss protocol for the emergency room [All photographs were provided by Peter Armstrong]

Yesterday, Friday, May 18, 2023, a multi-agency training exercise simulating a complex emergency incident brought Ukiah’s local hospital, fire, and ambulance agencies together to hone their coordination and response.

Fifty-plus personnel converged on the AHUV facility on Hospital Drive to simulate a scenario involving pediatric trauma with multiple victims including two fatalities.

The simulated patients included two adults and seven children who were portrayed by actors from Ukiah Players Theater. To make the event as realistic as possible, multiple helicopters landed at the scene and patients applied make-up to represent their injuries.

Some of the major agencies that participated yesterday included Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Cal-Fire, Ukiah Valley Fire, Med/Star Ambulance, REACH, UCSF Benioff Hospital, and more.

Photographer Peter Armstrong had his boots on the ground and documented the event.


A patient on back board is readied for transport by ambulance
A patient on gurney ready for transport
A patient on gurney is moved into an ambulance for transport to helicopter
A emergency room doctor checks on a trauma patient 
A firefighter checks on a young patient
A trauma patient is loaded on a Reach helicopter
A trauma patient is loaded on a Reach helicopter
 Firefighter ready a back board for a trauma patient

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