by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
4/7/2015 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Airmen
at Fairchild Air Force Base conducted an emergency management exercise
March 30 that afforded them the opportunity to practice in a training
environment the skills that save lives during emergency situations.
"We gear these exercises to give personnel a chance to see what is
expected and the ability to perform it in a training environment," said
Master Sgt. Gretchen Parsons, a 92nd ARW wing inspection planner. "This
will better prepare Fairchild in case of a real world event."
To make the exercise appear more realistic, Fairchild "role players"
were dressed up in moulage makeup applied to various body parts
simulating an array of injuries creating unique emergency response
"We try to control a lot of the variables in an exercise so we can focus
on the objectives given by the base leadership," said Lt. Col. Osvaldo
Lopez-Torres, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing inspector general. "Another
benefit of [these] exercises is that we can make them as complex as
possible while still maintaining a high level of realism so that if and
when the incidents happen they are easier to handle than the practice."
This exercise included simulated explosions, an active shooter and a
hostage situation. Fairchild conducts similar exercises regularly to
maintain a high level of preparedness to ensure the installation is
always able to provide responsive, precise air refueling and operational
support for the full range of military operations.