Emergency services keep 2015 Air Show safe

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  • By Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens
  • 11th Wing Public Affairs
The 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show was supported by the 779th Medical Group, the 11th Security Forces Squadron and elements of Naval Operations Support Center.

Emergency services, medical support and security measures were put in place to ensure public safety during the show.

"We're always ready for whatever happens," said Staff Sgt. Chiniti Jiles, 779th MDG Flight Operation medical technician. "We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The medical tea m is here to support and promote public safety and health."

The 779th MDG set up a First Aid Station that had supplies to deal with dehydration, cuts and scrapes and sun burns, as well as distributable resources like sunscreen, ear plugs, medication and bandages.

Additionally, they were able to transport critically injured patrons to civilian or military medical facilities.

To respond to emergencies on the flight line, medical staff in golf carts and on- foot were dispatched for the duration of the show.

The team was also extensively prepared for a mass casualty event if a worst-case-scenario situation occurred.

Members of the Expeditionary Medical Facility Bethesda's Naval Reserve Unit also supported the 779th MDG's effort.

"We always appreciate the opportunity to work with our Air Force counterparts," said Commander Sarah Fowler, Expeditionary Medical Facility Bethesda officer-in-charge. "Furthering the joint environment is one of our top priorities."

Elements of the 11th SFS were on-duty for the 2015 Air Show, with patrolman keeping the peace, helping attendees and guarding prohibited areas.

"We're here to assist the public," said Airman 1st Class James Bush, 11th SFS elite gate guard. "We're helping people get back to their vehicles, answering questions and responding to medical emergencies."

Security Forces provided checkpoints at both the Branch Ave. Metro Station and Fed Ex Field, bicycle patrols, emergency services teams, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II security, working dog teams and traffic control.

With a large public presence and September heat, it's the supporting services that kept JBA Air Show 2015 safe.