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MARE tests mutual aid with Tampa

by Tech. Sgt. Chris Miller
Thunderbolt editor

If you were wondering about the commotion outside the MacDill Gate Wednesday morning, it was just the base and the city of Tampa exercising its mutual aid agreement in dealing with accidents close to base.

MacDill, along with Tampa Fire Rescue, Tampa Police Department, Department of Public Works, Department of Sewers and Drains and Tampa Electric Company, took part in the Major Accident Response Exercise.

The scenario of the exercise was a fuel truck colliding with a bus on MacDill Avenue near Gadsen Park. The fuel truck subsequently experienced a massive fuel leak.

"Communication between the Tampa community and MacDill is critical, and the city responded in a timely manner," said Maj. Dave Cresswell, 6th Air Mobility Wing exercise team chief. "This is a great example of our Mutual Aid Agreement at work."

The agreement's intention is for MacDill and Tampa to work together on a continuing and lasting basis, toward maximum cooperation and mutual assistance in the areas of disaster response and emergency preparedness.

"We routinely work with our civilian counterparts to streamline processes during training exercises, so we'll have a better understanding of each other's capabilities in the event of a real-world emergency," said Major Cresswell.

The MARE's objectives were to teach participants how to save lives and protect resources, provide aid to injured personnel and minimize equipment damage and environmental pollution in a real emergency.

"The exercise was a success, and the response was outstanding and timely," said Major Cresswell. "All the objectives were met or exceeded. There are always areas for improvement, but that's why we have exercises, to identify areas lacking and find a solution."





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