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Seymour Johnson, Wayne County departments stay prepared during major accident response exercise

Senior Airman Paige E. Johnson, 4th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, apprehends simulated stabbing suspect, Senior Airman Alexander Ritsema, 4th Maintenance Group weapons standardization technician, as another participant prepares to detonate a simulated bomb vest, during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the exercise members from the 4th Security Forces Squadron detained the suspect, evacuated the scene and set up a perimeter around the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Paige E. Johnson, 4th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, apprehends simulated stabbing suspect, Senior Airman Alexander Ritsema, 4th Maintenance Group weapons standardization technician, as another participant prepares to detonate a simulated bomb vest, during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During the exercise members from the 4th Security Forces Squadron detained the suspect, evacuated the scene and set up a perimeter around the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Boyton)

Sheila Davis, 4th Medical Group health/disease management/health care integrator (right), applies moulage to Staff Sgt. Ethan Thompson, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, who acted as a simulated victim during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the exercise, members of the 4th MDG and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services exercised triage and crisis response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna Keyes)

Sheila Davis (right), 4th Medical Group health/disease management/health care integrator, applies moulage to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ethan Thompson, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, who acted as a simulated victim during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During the exercise, members of the 4th MDG and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services exercised triage and crisis response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna Keyes)

Participants of a Major Accident Response Exercise receive a pre-exercise briefing, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise allowed members of the 4th Fighter Wing to make improvements and strengthen skills in the event of a real-world crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Participants of a Major Accident Response Exercise receive a pre-exercise briefing, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The exercise allowed members of the 4th Fighter Wing to make improvements and strengthen skills in the event of a real-world crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Participants run away from a simulated explosion during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. By working together during the scenario, members of the 4th Fighter Wing and Wayne County Emergency Services trained to enhance response capabilities in the event of a real-world crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Participants run away from a simulated explosion during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. By working together during the scenario, members of the 4th Fighter Wing and Wayne County Emergency Services trained to enhance response capabilities in the event of a real-world crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Staff Sgt. William B. Silva, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron unit deployment manager (right), calls out to emergency medical responders to help Airman 1st Class Mark Mugo, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management technician, during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Mugo simulated injuries to test and improve first responders’ capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William B. Silva (right), 4th Civil Engineer Squadron unit deployment manager, calls out to emergency medical responders to help Airman 1st Class Mark Mugo, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management technician, during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Mugo simulated injuries to test and improve first responders’ capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton)

Sheila Davis, 4th Medical Group health/disease management/health care integrator (right), applies moulage to Staff Sgt. Ethan Thompson, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, who acted as a simulated victim during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the exercise, members of the 4th MDG and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services exercised triage and crisis response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna Keyes)

Sheila Davis (right), 4th Medical Group health/disease management/health care integrator, applies moulage to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ethan Thompson, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, who acted as a simulated victim during a Major Accident Response Exercise, May 10, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During the exercise, members of the 4th MDG and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services exercised triage and crisis response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna Keyes)

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Team Seymour teamed up with safety departments from Wayne County to participate in a Major Accident Response Exercise May 10.

MAREs are conducted annually to ensure Airmen maintain and improve existing response capabilities.

Exercise participants from the 4th Mission Support Group, 4th Medical Group and 4th Operations Support Squadron partnered with first responders from the Goldsboro Police Department and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services to test their ability to recover from incidents including aircraft accidents and terror attacks.

“The exercise is designed to test and evaluate our response plans in the event of a real-world incident,” said Maj. R. Justin Reynolds, 4th Fighter Wing Inspector General director of exercises.

By working together during the scenario, members of the 4th FW and the local community demonstrated the ability to respond to incidents in a coordinated manner.

“One of the major things we hope to gain from this exercise is to test and evaluate liaison between on-base and off-base emergency response,” Reynolds said. “If the need ever arose, we already know how to make it happen.”

The scenario simulated a knife and bomb attack. The 4th Security Forces Squadron detained the suspect, evacuated the scene and set up a perimeter around the area. Several 4th MDG and Wayne County EMS personnel exercised triage and crisis response efforts, rendering aid on scene.    

“Repetition is important; it breeds muscle memory,” said Master Sgt. Andrew J. Mathews, 4th SFS NCO in charge of operations. “If an incident happens, they’ll automatically know how to respond without hesitation.”

The exercise allowed members to see what improvements can be made to strengthen skills in the event of a crisis.

“If we have a solid plan and we respond appropriately, we will minimize any safety concerns,” Mathews said.