Disaster Airlift Response Plan Exercise Information

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Disaster Airlift Response Plan Exercise Information

Picture: Tara Terry

On April 28th, 2018 Kenmore Air is hosting an EVAC training program at their main base on Lake Washington. EVAC has requested pilot support for this exercise via seaplane pilot participation and to bring in 2-4 aircraft to the Kenmore Air dock. If you are not able to bring an aircraft it would be helpful for some of the interested pilots to attend the training.

The details concerning the goals and schedule for the day is as follows.


Primary; to further refine Washington Base patient movement flow, aircraft management flow, provide live hands on practice for the DART’s and awareness training for attending EMS professionals.

Involved aspects:

Primary; Identifying roles, communication flow, aircraft parking between long hauls and short haul aircraft in relation to patient movement, patient tracking/aircraft tracking methods and determine effectiveness of procedures developed to date.

Identified critical roles/forms to be tested:

Primary: Air Transport Lead, Triage officers (2 needed), Treatment Management Team roles, patient tracking spread sheet, hybrid run report, pilot master patient load sheet, aircraft tracker sheet, attendance roster, how hand off to pilot done and any other additional forms/procedures we determine are needed. Ground guides, plane handlers, flaggers and communication positions.


Primary: On April 28th Kenmore Air (Washington Base) has opened its facility to allow a hands on practice for further development of the DART protocols as it relates to seaplane operations, general patient flow aspects land/water and awareness for additional attending EMS persons/agencies. This will involve multiple aspects of medical, flight and ground support functions.

Scenario: we have had a magnitude 8.5 earthquake that lasted for about 5 minutes. All pass highways are down. We have lost major airports. All hospitals west of the Cascades are either damage, collapsed or due to patient volume incapacitated. We have also had a tsunami of 80 feet in height along the coast from upper part of California to lower part of Vancouver Island. Both Base Lakes are up and weather is clear to have over flights direct from Base Lakes and also American Lake and Renton Field Transfer Point are still up. Ft. Lewis/McChord lost McChord field, but the field on Ft. Lewis is still up.

Time Line:

  • 9:00 am: Ground safety brief for ground support personnel and additional exercise participants, ground prep occurs, ground support ops March 2018, Vol 7.1 6 gets into position.
  • 11:30 am: Planes arrive and are parked.
  • 12:20 pm: 2nd safety brief that includes pilots, go over objectives for exercise, Lunch.
  • 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Exercise starts. Load short hauls, then step by step walk for attending EMS individuals. Then general hands on practice loading as desired by attendees.
  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Wrap up, lunch, go over what went right and what needs improvement.
  • 4:00 pm till planes leave: An additional opportunity for questions/training until planes leave.


Kenmore Air Main Facility on Lake Washington
6321 NE 175th Street, Kenmore, WA, 98028

Sky Terry is the Emergency and Disaster Response Editor at Seaplanemagazine.com and has written extensively on the topic of incorporating General & Business Aviation into the mix of first response after natural disasters. If you wish to get involved in the effort or begin developing your own plan to start an Emergency Response Team, please contact him via Email. To learn more about the Emergency Volunteer Air Corps visit EVAC.org. Sky Terry also puts out frequent email updates on the progress of the effort with a large number of individuals.

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