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June 12th, 2013

Orange County participates in Exercise Golden Eagle III event

Orange County employees and volunteer participants at Exercise Golden Eagle III at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, on June 1, 2013.

NEWBURGH – Orange County recently participated in Exercise Golden Eagle III at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, a training exercise designed to test the ability of local medical providers to participate in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). In this drill, the scenario involved transporting patients in from a war zone to be treated in Orange County area hospitals.

"I’d like to thank our local and county volunteers who took the time out to participate in this exercise," said County Executive Edward A. Diana. "Their tireless contributions to public safety are invaluable to the residents of Orange County."

Orange County employees and volunteers supporting this exercise included: OC Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) under the OC Department of Health, OC Emergency Management, OC Fire Services, OC EMS, OC 911, OC Incident Management Team (IMT), and the OC Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). Local participants assisted the federal government in recovering, triaging, and transporting simulated victims to area hospitals.

"Drills of this type are important to reinforce the training that our emergency responders receive," said Orange County Emergency Services Commissioner Walter C. Koury. "I’m pleased that the federal government includes our local emergency responders in this level of training."

"This exercise is another example of the valuable partnership that exists between the federal government, New York State, Orange County and local emergency services in order to save lives," said Deputy Commissioner Division of Emergency Services Seamus K. Leary.

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