DCA APEX19 (Airport Exercise)

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Arlington, VA 22202

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  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is required by the FAA to have a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Airport Exercise (APEX), every third year in order to exercise, test, and improve plans, systems, and skills.

  • DCA APEX19, 27 April 2019, will simulate the situation resulting from an aircraft crash. Specific Victim Actor situations will provide realistic stress to First Responder plans, systems, and skills, testing the preparation for an airport disaster.

  • DCA APEX19 includes the participation of many fire and rescue services and medical facilities and other services in the region.

  • The Arlington CERT has again been requested to provide 130 (+/- 5) victim actors, with appropriate moulage, costuming, and briefing.


The Arlington CERT goal is to provide Victim Actors who will safely simulate realism to help MWAA and partner agencies accomplish their exercise goals. Victim Actors will receive moulage and briefing on behaviors as consistent as possible with the level and types of injury desired. First Responders will be required to make diagnoses using normal emergency medical procedures.

Volunteer Requirements. Volunteers must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age, attained NLT 27 April 2019,

  • Provide their own clothing that can be destroyed in the course of the exercise if moulaged, and

  • Be prepared, to be transported to real/or/simulated medical facilities on and off the airport.

Volunteer Roles

  1. Victim Actors with or without Moulage.

  2. Some Victim Actors, completely FLUENT in a foreign language, who can simulate not speaking English.

  3. Victim Actor Alternates on Standby until 0500, 27 April 2019, unless needed.

  4. Moulage Artists & Actor Briefers, most will also be Victim Actors.

  5. Admin Team who check volunteers in and out, run a bag check area, and do other admin & tasks.

Moulage Team Training - Date TBD

Sue MacLane of the Arlington CERT is the Moulage Team Leader. We will be conducting Moulage Training, January to April for new Moulage Artists & Actor Briefers. Trained Moulage Artists & Actor Briefers from other CERTs or organizations who would like to volunteer are gratefully accepted.

Scheduling Note

Due to the size and complexity of this exercise, individual arrival times will be scheduled by the ArlCERT. Strict adherence to the schedule will be necessary to accomplish a great deal in a short time. On 27 April 2019, Victim Actors will be scheduled to arrive between 0530 and 0745. The day will finish for most people about Noon, but your schedule must be flexible.

Stress Note

You should be aware before signing up that participating in emergency response exercises such as APEX19 can be emotionally and physically challenging. Also, APEX19 will take place rain or shine. Volunteers will be needed regardless of the weather. You could be outside in the elements for an extended period of time.

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