39. Mass Casualty Incidents

The third edition of Clark County’s Mass Casualty Incident Plan was released this week, and I hope it comes as no surprise that Amateur Radio operators are noted as being active participants in every mass casualty incident.

The Patient Tracking Team Leader’s and/or the Transport Dispatcher’s staff include at least one Amateur Radio operator to provide 2-way communications with the hospital emergency departments. Other hams will be needed at each participating hospital. This assumes that the regular hospital frequencies and talk groups may be overloaded with patient condition information, and backup radio capability is needed.

These hams will assist by relaying transportation information (medic unit number, number of patients on board and patient priority (red or yellow) – no names, please) to the hospitals.

Have any hams in your county looked into your expected roles in your Mass Casualty Incident Plan?