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Press Release
June 13, 2007
Oregon National Guard conducts mass casualty exercise with helicopter medevac
The Oregon Army National Guard will conduct a mass casualty exercise today at the airport in McMinnville.

The exercise, which begins around 4 p.m., will test the response of C Co., 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation (formerly the 1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance) - the Air Ambulance unit of the Oregon Army National Guard that supports first responders around the state in dozens of searches and rescue operations each year.

During the exercise, which will last about an ninety minutes, the soldiers will respond to a simulated release of chorine gas that has affected several people. Soldiers will respond in chemical protective gear in order to triage and evacuate casualties.

Additional perations will include a hoist rescue operation where a flight medic is lowered from a hovering helicopter into the hazard area. The medic then stabilizes the victim who is then loaded onto the helicopter using the hoist and transported to the nearest medical center for treatment.

Exercises such as this ensure the Oregon National Guard is prepared to respond to crisis situations at home or national missions abroad.

Media will be able to observe the exercise in McMinnville, Ore. Another option is to launch from Salem aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk, however, there is limited space on the helicopter launching from Salem. Seats will be granted on a first come first served basis. Media who wish to cover the event should contact the Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office 503-584-3886.
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Capt Braibish