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Technical Rescue: Mass Casualty Incident: Spanish Train Derailment, Part 1

By George Potter Mass casualty incidents can be pure nightmares for emergency responders if they are not prepared for the multiple demands of human and material resources, command structure, communications, and support measures that will be necessary to manage and resolve the situation smoothly and safely. Unfortunately, the local emergency agencies of Galicia in Northwest Spain were not able to meet these demands during the evening of July 24, 2013, and the hours immediately following.  At 2041 hours, Alvia high speed passenger train covering the Madrid to El Ferrol route of some 600 kilometers (372 miles) derailed in a curve entering the regional capital, Santiago de Compostela, a...

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