THE DALLES, Ore. – Federal, state, tribal and local agencies gathered Wednesday at River Front Park and the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles to conduct a mass rescue operation exercise.
The exercise helped first responder agencies evaluate search and rescue procedures and coordination; interagency Incident Command System response; evaluate triage accountability processes and evaluate joint communications procedures and capabilities.
The scenario involved a large passenger vessel that ran hard aground near the Three Mile Rapids, which caused mass injuries and forced passengers into the Columbia River without lifejackets.
Agencies involved include:
Federal – Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
State – Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Emergency Management
Local – Wasco County Emergency Operation Center, Wasco Emergency Management, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Amateur Radio Service and Wasco County Search and Rescue; Hood River County Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office; Klickitat County Emergency Management; Portland Fire and Portland Emergency Operations Center; Hood River Fire; The River Safety Task Force; The Dalles Police Department; Mid-Columbia Medical Center; Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue; Clark County Fire and Rescue; Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Tribal – Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries
Commercial – Life Flight