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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marty Logston, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron medical technician, applies moulage on Staff Sgt. Oleg Lysenko, 81st Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, during a mass casualty and response exercise at the Elks Lodge in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marty Logston, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron medical technician, applies moulage on Staff Sgt. Oleg Lysenko, 81st Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, during a mass casualty and response exercise at the Elks Lodge in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A mannequin portraying a "victim" lies on the ground as Keesler firefighters arrive on scene during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A mannequin portraying a "victim" lies on the ground as Keesler firefighters arrive on scene during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler firefighters simulate putting out a fire as they arrive on scene during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler firefighters simulate putting out a fire as they arrive on scene during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler firefighters inspect injuries on "victims", Eli and Trevyn Perone, sons of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tiffany Satterwhite, 81st Training Wing inspection team member, during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler firefighters inspect injuries on "victims", Eli and Trevyn Perone, sons of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tiffany Satterwhite, 81st Training Wing inspection team member, during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Erica Jenkins, 81st Medical Operations Squadron family health clinic team lead, and Capt. Jennifer Thomas, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron base operational medicine clinic physician assistant, discuss patient triage during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Erica Jenkins, 81st Medical Operations Squadron family health clinic team lead, and Capt. Jennifer Thomas, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron base operational medicine clinic physician assistant, discuss patient triage during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jared Miller 81st Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, provides medical assistance to Staff Sgt. Colton Monnin, 81st Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, as he portrays a "victim" during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jared Miller 81st Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, provides medical assistance to Staff Sgt. Colton Monnin, 81st Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, as he portrays a "victim" during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group transports a "victim" onto the University of South Alabama Medical Center SouthFlight Helicopter during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 81st Medical Group transports a "victim" onto the University of South Alabama Medical Center SouthFlight Helicopter during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nathanial Clark, 81st Force Support Squadron readiness and plans technician and search and recovery team member, places an identifying tag on a personal item found during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nathanial Clark, 81st Force Support Squadron readiness and plans technician and search and recovery team member, places an identifying tag on a personal item found during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nathanial Clark, 81st Force Support Squadron readiness and plans technician and search and recovery team member, places an identifying tag on a personal item found during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nathanial Clark, 81st Force Support Squadron readiness and plans technician and search and recovery team member, places an identifying tag on a personal item found during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction 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 mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Members of the 81st Force Support Squadron Search and Recovery Team conduct a sweep of the scene during a mass casualty and response exercise on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 17, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Bill Mays, 81st Training Wing wing inspection team lead, portrays a news reporter asking questions during a press conference during a mass casualty and response exercise at the Biloxi Visitors Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 18, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Bill Mays, 81st Training Wing wing inspection team lead, portrays a news reporter asking questions during a press conference during a mass casualty and response exercise at the Biloxi Visitors Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 18, 2019. The scenario for the two-day event included a simulated plane crash with debris landing both on and off base in crowds of people. The exercise tested base and local civilian emergency response organizations' ability to operate in a multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction crisis situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Keesler Air Force Base and the City of Biloxi teamed up and held a joint air show crash exercise, Blue Dragon, held April 17-18 on the base and at the Elks Lodge in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The exercise involved a mock plane crash that left wreckage to two locations, on and off base. After the two simulated planes collided, each location represented a plane crash that left a scene of various people decorated with moulage.

“Exercises like this allow the opportunity for Keesler AFB and Biloxi to work jointly and ensure all levels of responders can communicate to save lives, people and equipment,” said Bill Mays, 81st Training Wing Management Internal Control Toolset manager.

The Mutual Aid Agreement, a partnership between Keesler AFB and the City of Biloxi, is critical when it comes to saving lives.

“Constant interaction between departments and officers ensure each department knows standard operating procedures and remains familiar with officers in charge,” said James Donnett, 81st Infrastructure Division fire chief. “This cooperation makes for almost seamless integration of both department’s resources in emergency scenes on and off base.”

Exercises are a vital part of testing emergency response forces by providing insight on the reactions of emergency personnel and demonstrate what can be improved upon.

“Having two major accident scenes drives a worst case scenario for all response and support forces involved and puts serious strain due to having to share manpower and resources,” said Donnett. “If we train for worst case scenarios, which we hope never occur, we will be better prepared to immediately respond and mitigate if a serious event occurs.”