Calhoun's EMS and Nursing Students to Conduct Mass Casualty Training Drill


Students from the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing programs at Calhoun Community College will conduct a mock mass casualty training drill on Thursday, April 25, 2013, beginning at 12:00 noon in the Aerospace Training Center and Health Sciences Center on the Decatur campus.

The mock disaster will simulate a scenario involving a threat to persons/property which has just occurred during a meeting on campus. So that students, staff and visitors to the campus will not confuse the drill with a real situation, notices have gone out across the college and signs indicating a training drill is currently underway will be posted in the area of the activity.

Calhoun nursing students will receive the “patients” from the EMS students for treatment at the college’s “hospital”, located in the Health Sciences Center.   In addition to Calhoun EMS and Nursing faculty, Calhoun Police and Security personnel and area fire, EMS agencies, area police departments and air medical flight services from Air Evac and MedFlight will participate with the students in this endeavor.

According to coordinators of the drill, approximately 25 simulated casualties will be a part of the exercise. The patients will be portrayed by Calhoun Allied Health students, who will have a full range of mock injuries.  “This exercise will provide a unique, real-world learning experience for our students as they gain useful training with area rescue professionals,” commented Bret McGill, Calhoun’s dean for Health Sciences. “In light of the growing number of acts of violence occurring on school campuses, we felt that this drill is not only timely for our students as they prepare for their healthcare careers but also serves as a good learning exercise for Calhoun’s Police Department,” added McGill.

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