Calhoun's EMS and Nursing Students to Conduct Mock Emergency Drill


Students from the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing programs at Calhoun Community College will conduct a mock emergency disaster drill on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, beginning at 9:00 am on the grounds surrounding the college’s Health Sciences Building on the Decatur campus.

The college’s paramedic students will utilize the Medical Incident Command (MCI) system model (a widely-used management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications) for the exercise as they “rescue” and prepare the mock patients for transport. The nursing students will receive the “patients” from the EMS students for treatment at the Calhoun “hospital”.   The mock disaster will simulate a scenario of a large crowd with an implanted explosive device (similar to the bombing incident which occurred during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta).

In addition to Calhoun EMS and Nursing faculty, area fire and EMS agencies, including Medflight and Air Evac medical helicopters will participate with the students in this endeavor.

According to coordinators of the drill, approximately 50 simulated casualties are expected. The patients will  be portrayed by Calhoun EMS students from Bob Jones High School, Calhoun nursing students, and students from the college’s anatomy and physiology classes “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.


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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