Students participating in the Spring 2016 EMT program come together from three Counties, but have been working together 3 days a week now for the last 3 months learning the skills they will need to be excellent providers back in their home community. And Thursday's drill tested a lot of the skills and knowledge they have learned during that time, into a real-life scenario, that fortunately does not happen all to often. Called a Mass Casualty Incident, because the initial responding units are overwhelmed by the number of injuries they encounter on a call.
The first team, under direction of one of their peers acting as the "Incident Commander" went to work deploying their triage skills learned in the classroom, but not put to use in an actual event, established a treatment area, then under the direction of an experienced CFARS member, set up a Transport area to get the victims safely off to appropriate medical treatment at simulated area hospitals.
The "victims" luckily this time were not the real thing. Instead, they were made up of former EMT students from the CFARSTC back to help train those that sit in the seats they did over the last 2 semesters.
The 16 students are scheduled to complete their finals early next month, and move along to being providers for their local services. Great job tonight to them all on learning under a little bit of stress.
For more information on upcoming EMT Training programs with us, please visit http://www.CFARSTC.org or if interested in joining our department, visit http://joinclintonems.com