This is only a test… of our emergency response team
At 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, an airplane went down in Paynes Prairie near Gainesville with approximately 130 passengers on board, striking several passenger cars on the ground on its way — or at least, that was the scenario during a county wide emergency drill held at UF Health Shands Hospital.
The drill included more than 110 volunteer participants who played the part of victims of the plane crash, complete with costume makeup depicting their injuries.
Thirty-five of these “patients” were delivered to UF Health Shands Hospital. Responding to these victims tested staff at UF Health, Alachua County Fire Rescue, American Airlines, the District 8 Medical Examiner’s Office, the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System, UF Health Pathology Laboratories, Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, UF Volunteer Services, UF Health ShandsCair, Santa Fe College, North Florida Regional Medical Center and many different departments within