This evening, 8 EMT Students who are in their last week of a semester long initial training, were joined by 22 CFARS members, 14 Boy Scouts and 3 CERT members, for a simulated exercise & social event. The EMT Students, who are part of the Winter 2015 NJ EMT Program, - the first one ever run at the Clinton EMS Training Center (www.cfarstc.org) - got to put their learned skills to practice tonight in a simulated incident, with 20 victims of a friendly gathering turned violent.
At just after 7:00 pm, the radio call came for multiple victims of a possible gang violence at a picnic, with multiple "gun shots and stabbings" at the Bank of America on Old Highway. Of course, this was only a drill.
Once the sorting of the injuries was completed, the play-actors were moved by the crews into a Treatment area, where they could get additional assistance with their injuries, treating the most serious patients first. Then the additional ambulances started to arrive, and move the patients off to one of three local hospitals; the Pink Flamingo Trauma Center, the Big Tent Emergency Room, and a lucky few by air ambulance to a trauma center, Far Far Away.
In total, the twenty victims where triage, treated and transported in just under a hour.
And what do you do after you experience the spring bugs of Hunterdon County? Well, a picnic and ice cream sundaes of course! The Chief and President of CFARS slaved away on this warm evening cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers for all participants, and Cold Stone Creamery of Flemington arrived in their catering trailer all ready to serve banana splits and sundaes; a much deserved treat after the warm, muggy evening.
Great job by all, as part of our National EMS Week celebration. And best of luck to the Student who head off to take their written and practical exams the next two nights.