May 18th, 2012
New London Hospital, in conjunction with the New England National Guard Enhanced Response Force team will hold a joint emergency preparedness drill on Sunday, May 6. This exercise allows the hospital, community Emergency Medical Services personnel and the National Guard to work together to test emergency response capabilities. The Enhanced Response Force team consists of four elements staffed by National Guard units: search and extraction, decontamination, medical, and command and control. The goal of the May 6 exercise is to test decontamination procedures, Emergency Room response, infection prevention processes and the hospital community's response to a biological emergency. The drill also helps the hospital remain ready to act as a key responder for the community in any type of emergency.
"We expect about 125 National Guard personnel who will rally at Pease Air Guard Base to arrive on the hospital campus at about 8:30 AM," said Pam Drewniak, NLH EMS coordinator. "This is a unique opportunity for the hospital team and our community first responders to be part of such an extensive and comprehensive emergency preparedness drill."