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We have tried this on several occasions but people learn that there is going to be a major accident exercise and, of course, the element of surprise is removed and it becomes of very little value. The problems posed by a major road accident are, first, the large number of casualties, some of whom may be trapped. Secondly, carrying out triage at the scene of the accident is very difficult unless the medical team can get to the accident early. What we have found has happened repeatedly is that people who are not trapped in the accident, and have comparatively minor injuries — a cut head, a fractured forearm — are whisked away by the ambulances that arrive at the scene and they go into the Accident Department and tend to flood it.

Disposal of pet animals found in vehicles or at the scene. Arrangements for extra manpower to guard against looting. The decision to admit the Media. CONCLUSION It is quite clearly understood and accepted by the Police that in a Multiple Accident situation the primary task is the location and speedy treatment of injured persons and all initial action is directed towards this course. The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the unusual problem in Multiple Accidents which is virtually non-existent in other disaster situations: the culpability of drivers involved.

2. Designate one of these units to act as a temporary incident control post pend­ ing the arrival of the Incident Officer. 3. Notify the Division in which the incident has occurred which will arrange for a Sub-Divisional Commander to go immediately to the scene to act as Incident Officer. 4. Notify Fire and Ambulance Services. 5. If Gas or Electricity is involved in the incident, notify these authorities. 6. Send the Police Control Vehicle with two constables from the Operations Room to the scene, to act as Incident Control and Communications Control.

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