Cascade City-County Health Department along with Community Partners to Participate in State Ebola Exercise

Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD), along with community partners will be participating in a full-scale emergency response training exercise with The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Monday, March 2 – Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

The exercise is designed to test the capabilities of state and local Ebola response plans. The objectives of the exercise include how DPHHS, public health, and healthcare agencies will coordinate and implement an emergency response to someone at risk for Ebola. Ebola had not been seen in the United States before last year, and it is imperative that all the responding agencies work together, have a plan, and identify any additional resources that may be needed.

“Although the likelihood of having an Ebola case in Cascade County is low, full scale training exercises of this nature allow us to work with our community partners to practice and evaluate our emergency response plans,” said Tanya Houston, Health Officer for CCHD.” She goes on to add, “This helps us become more resilient as a community, and better prepared to respond to any type of emergency.

“EMS transport of an extremely infectious patient is a low-frequency / high risk event, so we are glad to have the opportunity to practice this procedure with our local partners in healthcare and public safety,” said Justin Grohs, Operations Manager for Great Falls Emergency Services. GFES is the paramedic ambulance service that Cascade County and Great Falls contract with to provide ambulance transport.

Please be reminded that this is only an exercise for the purpose of training and education. A team of evaluators will be present to judge the effectiveness of the exercise.

For more information on Ebola, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola. For more information about the training exercise please contact Michelle Calandra, Preparedness and Communications Officer at (406) 452.0881 x314.

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All media inquiries should be directed to Michelle Calandra, 452-0881 x314 (office) or 788-7300 (cell)