National Center for Medical Readiness

Rufus Smith, M.S.A., Director

About Calamityville®

A state-of-the-art, collaborative training and research facility on 52 acres in Fairborn, Ohio, Calamityville® prepares the civilian and military medical communities to participate and react in an effective and meaningful manner with traditional disaster responders. This provides the nation with a more complete approach to finding patients, offering initial care, and safely evacuating them from acute disaster-related environments.

Calamityville® blends the principles of search and rescue, field assessment, stabilization, field triage, and transport to the next level of care.

This is the first site in the United States to fully integrate civilian and military relationships, and medical and non-medical responses that occur in a disaster or other complex rescue situation.

Calamityville® Features


Calamityville has three traditional, and one non-traditional classroom. Each is completely outfitted with computers and multi-media support equipment and can accommodate between 15 and 40 students. The non-traditional space is set up as a mock emergency operations center that can be used for traditional classes, but also support command and control and/or decision training and research.

Breakout/Lab Space:

Calamityville® includes several indoor spaces that can be configured for various hands-on labs or student breakout areas. These spaces are within both our classroom building and our warehouse space on the premises. The high-bay spaces of the warehouse allow large props to be brought indoors where hands-on learning can occur protected from adverse weather, and where conditions can simulate as darkness, wind, noise, etc.

Technical Training Zones (TTZs):

Car crash scenario at Calamityville Calamityville®’s TTZs are the focal point of NCMR’s training vision. These functionally oriented, 1-2 acres areas house props that provide controlled, high-fidelity opportunities for scenario-driven, physically challenging training and rehearsal.

The TTZs at Calamityville® include:

  • Complex Vehicle—Up-armored Humvee in a water-filled roadside ditch, school bus on embankment, and heavy mobile equipment.
  • Confined Space—500-foot below grade maze, large aboveground product hoppers, and 90-foot wells/silos.
  • Hazardous Materials—Tanker vehicles of various configurations with plans to construct a chemical storage area prop.
  • Collapse Village—Residential and commercial building components and debris that simulate a destruction zone after natural disasters or man-made event. Safe areas within the debris will accommodate patient entrapment cells where trapped ‘patients’ can be accessed and treated in a safe, yet highly realistic environment.
  • Aircraft Mishap—Both elevated and ground-based props, including a small-engine plane crashed into the side of a building and the debris of a military plane crashed into a community context.
  • Standing/Moving Water—Standing ponds in natural surroundings, capable of simulating moving water, adds a stability challenge to the instruction and allows students to experience the complexities of providing rescue and medical care in water conditions.
Austere Urban Exercise Area:

Calamityville® provides a unique setting of concrete buildings filled with passageways, machinery, open areas, and height to simulate industrial and commercial settings.

Exercises and other scenario-driven activities can emulate very realistic environments without the need to artificially create the mood of an urban setting. This could simulate deploying resources into a third-world environment, a post-incident city situation, or any kind of emergency in a commercial environment.

Austere Wilderness Exercise Areas:

Contiguous to the property of Calamityville® are two outdoors areas that can be utilized to provide course scenarios with wilderness-like settings where survival, expeditionary, and humanitarian training and exercise operations can occur.

Each area consists of roughly 180-acres of woodlands, wetlands, and open meadow, as well as small rocky cliffs and rugged terrain. Access to these properties can be gained through a Calamityville® “haul” road that connects the properties without having to utilize public roadways.

Technology Infrastructure and J-CORE:

NCMR has developed several technology-based structures to augment the training provided at Calamityville®. These enhancements are meant to further expand training capability, appropriately improve the fidelity of training and exercise operations, and to allow for training review and after-action activities.

Calamityville® offers advanced facility and infrastructure master planning, including:

  • Comprehensive site infrastructure providing water, power, and high bandwidth IT capabilities.
  • On-site, high volume wells providing high-output water for decontamination, flooding or other water-based feature or simulation.
  • Selected site features that are pre-designed, and others based on an "empty stage." This allows for maximally flexible, scenario-based training and exercise settings.
  • New equipment, procedures, and technology that can be realistically applied and assessed.

In its Joint Command Operations Research Environment (J-CORE) lab, Calamityville® offers an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for training and exercise support. Fully reconfigurable and featuring 12 workstations for emergency support functions, a high-bandwidth standalone internet network, and integration with the Calamityville® sensors network, the EOC is a highly flexible environment.