Ross Memorial Hospital held a mock emergency drill on Monday, May 20, at 8:50 a.m. The actors who were involved in the mock emergency were actually LCVI drama students, representing 21 patients and three family members.

The scenario involved a plane that had crash landed and caught fire at the Lindsay Airport. Among the five passengers on the plane was one who had only minor injuries and who removed a cargo of pesticide from the plane, however the container carrying the organophosphate pesticide was damaged and some people in the area of the hangar were exposed to the hazardous chemical.

The hospital tested both its ‘Code Orange’ and CBRNE procedures.

In a Code Orange, an external disaster creates a sudden influx of patients to the hospital’s emergency department. The Code Orange policy details each department’s responsibilities to help handle the situation quickly and with minimal confusion.

CBRNE stands for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives. A CBRNE scenario gives the hospital an opportunity to practice procedures involving a decontamination tent and special personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirator masks.

See photos from the day below!