Calhoun’s EMT and Paramedic Programs Team Up With Local First Responders for Mock Disaster Drill on the Tennessee River

September 23, 2020

The Calhoun Community College Health Sciences Division has teamed up with the Coast Guard, state and local first responders to conduct a boating mock casualty drill on the Tennessee River. The drill will take place on Thursday, September 24, from 9:15 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 305 to the west of the Route 31 (Captain William J Hudson Memorial) bridge. Drills will also be conducted at the Decatur Harbor Marina adjacent to this bridge.

Calhoun’s Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedic programs will be involved in the drill and the faculty members of those programs will oversee the student’s participation. According to Tyler Mosely, Calhoun’s Emergency Medical Services Program Director, there will be multiple medical service agencies involved in the drill, which will make the training more realistic for the location and scenario. The drill will provide the students with working knowledge of local EMS systems and provide them with an example of the National Incident Management System, which is the framework used in large scale emergencies around the nation.