Operation Rolling Chaos 2013

Operation Rolling Chaos 2013

Operation Rolling Chaos aimed to test the response of emergency medical services (EMS) providers and agencies in a disaster scenario and suggest possible improvements for disaster response in regard to communication and coordination between varying EMS providers and agencies.

Military Soldiers transport injured victims

Military Soldiers transport injured victims

SCENARIO BACKGROUND

Operation Rolling Chaos centered on the breaking of the Anderson Dam near Morgan Hill, CA.

In a 2009 study, the Santa Clara Valley Water District concluded that the Anderson Dam may break if an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 or larger was to hit within a mile radius. It has been projected that once the dam breaks, a 35-foot wall of water will engulf downtown Morgan Hill and its surrounding areas.

To mimic this large scale disaster, Operation Rolling Chaos commissioned the use of 12 cars, 2 buses, 8 ambulances, 4 military Humvees, 3 military transport trucks, and 3 helicopters. Hundreds of participants ranging from injured motorists to EMS personnel participated in the scenario. To recreate the complexity of treatment needed during a large-scale disaster, motorist injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening, and included treatment protocol with transportation from the disaster zone to a casualty collection point, then onto ambulances, and finally into the simulation hospital, where appropriate care was rendered.

Flipped cars, injured people and uncertain condition pose a real challenge for first responders

Flipped cars, injured people, and uncertain conditions pose a real challenge for first responders.

Civilian and military personnel work together to rescue a volunteer from a flipped car.

Civilian and military personnel work together to rescue a volunteer from a flipped car.

EMT and military medics cooperate to save lives.

EMT and military medics cooperate to save lives.

Military Emergency Response Vehicles

Military Emergency Response Vehicles

Injured patients loaded into military vehicle

Injured patients are transported via military vehicle

High Ranking Officials

High ranking military officials pictured with Unitek Education’s Paul Afshar (far left), Fremont’s Police Chief (second from the left), and Congressman Eric Swalwell (far right).

The Mayor of Fremont, Bill Harrison, pictured with military personnel and ORC guests.

The Mayor of Fremont, Bill Harrison, pictured with military personnel and Operation Rolling Chaos guests.

Fremont Police Chief with Unitek's Paul Afshar

Fremont Police Chief with Unitek’s Paul Afshar.

Military personnel and first responders work together in a temporary hospital.

Military personnel and first responders work together in a temporary hospital.

A Unitek College instructor works with an EMT to treat an injured patient.

A Unitek College instructor works with an EMT to treat an injured patient.

Unitek College nursing students treat injured civilians at Operation Rolling Chaos.

Unitek College nursing students treat injured civilians at Operation Rolling Chaos.

CCommunication is key when working to save lives- one of the many skills practiced by Operation Rolling Chaos participants.

Communication is key when working to save lives- one of the many skills practiced by Operation Rolling Chaos participants.

Multiple flipped cars add to the authenticity of Operation Rolling Chaos.

Multiple flipped cars add to the authenticity of Operation Rolling Chaos.

An Operation Rolling Chaos volunteer awaits transport.

An Operation Rolling Chaos volunteer awaits transport.

Volunteers inside one of the hummer abulances

Operation Rolling Chaos volunteers wait for treatment.

Operation Rolling Chaos feature helicopter drills; helicopters play a vital role in saving lives during disasters.

Operation Rolling Chaos feature helicopter drills; helicopters play a vital role in saving lives during disasters.

EMT medics collaborate with military medics to transport an injured patient.

EMT medics collaborate with military medics to transport an injured patient.

A volunteer with a prosthetic arm receives treatment in the field.

A volunteer with a prosthetic arm receives treatment in the field.

Last year's event had three helicopters

Last year’s event had three helicopters

Military Rescue Vehicles

Military Rescue Vehicles