When there are mass casualties, an orderly rescue may involve further planning.
a. To manage a mass casualty rescue or evacuation, separate stages are taken.
• FIRST STAGE: Remove personnel who are not trapped among debris or who can be easily evacuated.
• SECOND STAGE: Remove personnel who may be trapped by debris, but whose extraction only requires the equipment on hand and little time.
• THIRD STAGE: Remove the remaining personnel who are trapped in extremely difficult or time-consuming situations, such as moving large amounts of debris or cutting through a wall.
• FOURTH STAGE: Remove dead personnel.
b. Evacuation of wounded personnel is based on the victim's condition and is prioritized as follows:
• PRIORITY ONE: Personnel with life-threatening injuries that require immediate emergency care to survive; first aid and stabilization are accomplished before evacuation.
• PRIORITY TWO: Personnel with injuries that require medical care but speed of evacuation is not essential.
• PRIORITY THREE: Injured personnel who can evacuate themselves with minimal assistance.
• PRIORITY FOUR: The logistics removal of dead personnel.
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