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Blackhawk lands at Sutter Roseville for drill

By: Anne Stokes, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s helipad was the site of an emergency drill Thursday morning. Sponsored by the California Department of Health and the Emergency Medical Services Authority, the 2012 Statewide Medical and Health Functional Exercise helped to prepare first responders and hospital staff to react during a catastrophic disaster. On hand were the Roseville and Rocklin fire departments, American Medical Response, and members of the California National Guard, all of whom worked together to treat several mock victims of a medical Blackhawk helicopter crash.

“We’re hoping (participants) get great experience out of this,” said Erik Angle, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and RN at Sutter Roseville. “It’s better to learn in practice, to prepare in case the scenario actually happens.”

“We are the only hospital in the Sacramento Valley that can land a medical Blackhawk on a helipad,” added Angle. “We’re very proud to work closely with our community partners to test this kind of worst-case-scenario.”