Response to helicopter crash focus of Beebe’s communitywide disaster drill

LEWES – Beebe Healthcare’s efforts to be prepared for disaster will go up on a roof this Monday.

Local, Sussex County and State first-responders will join Beebe Healthcare staff in a disaster drill Nov. 9.

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Emergency response to a staged helicopter crash on Beebe Medical Center’s rooftop landing pad will be held in a Nov. 9 disaster drill.

Scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., the community-wide drill will simulate a night-time helicopter crash on the rooftop of the landing pad at Beebe’s medical center on Savannah Road.

“This drill is designed to test and ensure readiness in the event of a helicopter crash. It is part of our ongoing emergency preparedness efforts,” said Beebe Healthcare spokeswoman Susan Towers. “As part of the training exercise, onlookers will see and hear helicopters hovering, fire trucks, paramedic vehicles and ambulances. During the drill, the Medical Center will continue to operate normally and patient care will not be affected.”

In addition to Beebe staff, the Lewes Fire Department, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, Delaware State Police aviation and troopers and Christiana Care LifeNet Air-Medical Transport will participate in the drill.

Beebe officials emphasize that this is drill and residents should not be alarmed.

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