Preparing for the worst: Keesler tests incident response

Members of the 81st Force Support Squadron Search and Recovery Team conduct a sweep of the scene during a major accident response exercise near the triangle track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Force Support Squadron Search and Recovery Team conduct a sweep of the scene during a major accident response exercise near the triangle track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Laisha Watkins, 81st Force Support Squadron force management technician and Search and Recovery Team member, plots coordinates of the scene during a major accident response exercise near the triangle track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Laisha Watkins, 81st Force Support Squadron force management technician and Search and Recovery Team member, plots coordinates of the scene during a major accident response exercise near the triangle track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Training Wing wing inspection team discuss the scenario during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Training Wing wing inspection team discuss the scenario during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler Firefighters provide assistance to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tiffany Satterwhite, 81st Training Wing inspector general superintendent, who portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler Firefighters provide assistance to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tiffany Satterwhite, 81st Training Wing inspector general superintendent, who portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kellie Oglesby, 336th Training Squadron student, portrays a “victim” as she holds a cloth to her face during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kellie Oglesby, 336th Training Squadron student, portrays a “victim” as she holds a cloth to her face during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group provide triage to “victims” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group provide triage to “victims” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dan Blankenship, 81st Infrastructure Division operations assistant chief and Gary Pierson, 81st ID deputy fire chief, document the number of victims at the crash site during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dan Blankenship, 81st Infrastructure Division operations assistant chief and Gary Pierson, 81st ID deputy fire chief, document the number of victims at the crash site during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Clinesmith, 81st Security Forces Squadron wing inspection team member, inspects Tech. Sgt. Marvin Walker, 81st SFS flight chief, as he plots the evacuated buildings within the cordon area during a major accident response exercise near the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Clinesmith, 81st Security Forces Squadron wing inspection team member, inspects Tech. Sgt. Marvin Walker, 81st SFS flight chief, as he plots the evacuated buildings within the cordon area during a major accident response exercise near the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler Firefighters provide medical treatment to U.S. Air Force Airman Alex Gonzalez, 334th Training Squadron student, who portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler Firefighters provide medical treatment to U.S. Air Force Airman Alex Gonzalez, 334th Training Squadron student, who portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A Keesler Firefighter provides assistance to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shanikqua Lucas, 81st Force Support Squadron manpower analyst, who portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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A Keesler Firefighter provides assistance to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shanikqua Lucas, 81st Force Support Squadron manpower analyst, who portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A Keesler Firefighters retrieve “victims” from the inside of a C-130J Super Hercules during a major accident response exercise at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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A Keesler Firefighters retrieve “victims” from the inside of a C-130J Super Hercules during a major accident response exercise at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler Firefighters assist “victims” to the triage area for medical treatment during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Keesler Firefighters assist “victims” to the triage area for medical treatment during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Herr, 333rd Training Squadron student, portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Herr, 333rd Training Squadron student, portrays a “victim” during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler Firefighters arrive on scene during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Keesler Firefighters arrive on scene during a major accident response exercise on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. The exercise scenario simulated a C-130J Super Hercules in-flight emergency causing a plane crash, which resulted in a mass casualty response event. This exercise tested the base’s ability to respond in a crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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