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U.S., Japanese emergency responders train to perfect safety, security for air show

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Grant Griffith, a 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight surgeon, provides medical care to simulated injured Japan Air Self-Defense Force personnel after a mock aircraft crash at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2018. The exercise tested first responders’ reactions to a mock-improvised explosive device and simulated an airplane crash while demonstrating their joint capabilities of ensuring safety and security for the upcoming air show on Sept. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany D. Johnson)

Rescue on the way

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dorian Parks, center, a 35th Comptroller Squadron budget analyst, simulates an injured leg while 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters carry her to safety after a mock aircraft crash at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2018. U. S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Central Aviation Bureau agencies responded to about 35 American and Japanese personnel who simulated various injuries that occurred after a fake explosion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany D. Johnson)

First responders

U.S. Air Force Airmen simulate injuries after a mock aircraft crash at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2018. The exercise tested first responders’ reactions to a mock-improvised explosive device and a simulated aircraft crash while demonstrating their joint capabilities of ensuring safety and security for the upcoming air show on Sept. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany D. Johnson)

Treatment

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darin Hoki, left, a 14th Fighter Squadron independent duty medical technician, and Capt. Sharron Dukes, a 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight surgeon, treat a simulated injured person after a mock aircraft crash at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2018. Emergency management exercises are important because they provide first responders training to be able to save as many lives as possible in the event of a life-threatening incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany D. Johnson)

Help me

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darin Hoki, left, a 14th Fighter Squadron independent duty medical technician, and Capt. Sharron Dukes, right, a 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight surgeon, treat a simulated injured person after a mock aircraft crash at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2018. The air show emergency management exercise focused on bilateral emergency response procedures among the USAF, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Central Aviation Bureau responders to perfect safety and security measures for the air show taking place Sept. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany D. Johnson)

Nurse care

A nurse from the Central Aviation Bureau, left, and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force doctor, right, provide medical care to a simulated injured person after a mock aircraft crash at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2018. The air show emergency management exercise focused on bilateral emergency response procedures among the USAF, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Central Aviation Bureau responders to perfect safety and security measures for the air show taking place Sept. 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany D. Johnson)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Fire rose above the trees and sirens rang across the field from fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances starting the 2018 Annual Air Show Emergency Management Exercise, Aug 29.

Lt. Col. Bradley Brough, the 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander, said security forces, medical and fire personnel with the U. S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Central Aviation Bureau agencies responded to about 35 American and Japanese personnel who simulated various injuries that occurred after a fake explosion.

“This exercise lets us test the installation’s ability to quickly and efficiently respond to any incident,” said Master Sgt. Valene Jaquez, a 35th Fighter Wing inspections planner. “We do this exercise because it is an annual requirement, and it helps us validate the plans, processes or procedures we have in place to make sure they are effective.”

The exercise tested first responders’ reactions to a mock-improvised explosive device and simulated an airplane crash while demonstrating their joint capabilities, ensuring safety and security for the upcoming air show on Sept. 9.

The 2018 Misawa Air Festival will highlight more than 15 different airframes and planners expect more than 100,000 spectators from across Japan.

“EMEs are important because they enable us to be ready if an incident occurs as well as allow us to work with our host nation partners to ensure we are able to save as many lives as possible,” explained Brough.

Jaquez also noted that in addition to the Air Force and JASDF, this year they trained with the Central Aviation Bureau from the Misawa Airport Office, who brought medical response capabilities to the scene.

“This is our first time training with the Japan Air Lines, which makes this exercise a lot different than any of the others,” said Jaquez. “Any time you can bring in your JASDF counterparts and local agencies together to participate in an exercise,  it's a success, and everybody wins.”