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Calhoun's EMS and Nursing Students to Conduct Mass Casualty Training Drill March 23

March 20, 2017

Students from the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing programs at Calhoun Community College will conduct a mock mass casualty training drill on Thursday, March 23, 2017, beginning at 9:00 am in the green space area in front of the college’s Health Science Center on the Decatur campus.

The mock disaster will simulate a scenario involving a threat to persons and/or property which has just occurred on campus. The specific circumstances of the mock disaster will not be announced in order to preserve the “realness” of the event; however, Calhoun’s dean for Health Sciences, Bret McGill says that the drill will involve an outdoor event.  Past mock drill scenarios have included a bus crash, bomb threat, an active shooter incident and a chemical explosion.  So that students, staff and visitors to the campus will not confuse the drill with a real situation, notices will go 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 MedFlight will participate with the students in this endeavor.

“As has been the case each year, this exercise will provide a unique, real-world learning experience for our students as they gain useful, hands-on training with area rescue professionals,” commented McGill. “Drills such as this are an important part of the training our students receive as they prepare for their healthcare careers,” McGill added.