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Hong Kong Delegation's Participation in Exercise Centum, a Simulated Mass Casualty Incident in Perth

On 16-17 May 2018, Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) led a 6-people Hong Kong delegation to observe and participate in the emergency exercise, Exercise Centum, conducted by the Western Australian Department of Health Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit and Emergency Operations Centre of eight metropolitan hospitals. The simulated terror attack was conducted on 17 May as a functional exercise with the aim of enhancing emergency preparedness and joint response during a crisis. The exercise will also assess emergency services' capacity to manage casualty surge during a multi-agency response.

                         

The Hong Kong delegation consisted of experts from the Ambulance Service Institute (Hong Kong branch), Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, Hong Kong St. John Ambulance and the HKJCDPRI. The delegation participated in the functional exercise using the Emergo Train System (ETS) which is a validated simulation system used in over 35 countries. It makes use of a series of white board and magnetic system to represent capacity and resources. All actions are time-measured so the training outcomes can be measured quantitatively.

Emergo ‘Gubers’ (magnetic cards) that represent casualty or staff working in the hospital.

 

An emergency exercise, Exercise Centum, was conducted by the Disaster Planning and Management Unit of the Department of Health, Western Australia.

 

The video is a news flash announcing the ‘incident’ that happened in Perth city.

 

A wide range and large number of instructors and facilitators were required to run the exercise.

 

The Hong Kong delegate helped out in the Exercise Centum.

 

From Left: Dr Lo Chi Biu (Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine); Dr Chau Chi Wai (Hong Kong St. John Ambulance); Mr Alex Wong Ying-keung (Ambulance Service Institute (Hong Kong Branch)); Mr John Heslop (Exercise Director); Ms Angel Ng (Senior Manager of HKJCDPRI); Ms Eva Lam (Director of HKJCDPRI); Ms Tiffany Yeung (Manager of HKJCDPRI)