Westover hosts National Disaster Medical System exercise

Hampden County

Westover put the National Diaster Medical System (NDMS) to the test on Saturday.

According to a release sent to 22News, the air reserve base took part in an exercise that simulated a mass casualty event during a tropical storm where regional emergency and medical services would be activated. 

The NDMS is a joint effort between Westover; the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System; and local, municipal, state, and regional hospitals and ambulance services. 

The exercise tested procedures to receive, triage, track, and treat patients who would be taken to NDMS medical treatment facilities.

“As Reservists, we train to step up when called upon – and we’ve done it many times in the past,” said Col. Scott Durham, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover. “This exercise will not detract from any efforts needed to assist the Southeast as Florence passes; Westover ARB is a FEMA staging base and we stand ready to support if tasked.”

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