Calhoun Community College nurses, EMS students participate in ‘mass casualty’ drill

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DECATUR, Ala. - "This will recreate the same type of events that'll occur during things such as explosions, train wrecks, helicopter crashes," said Dean of Health Sciences Bret McGill.

A mock chemistry lab explosion was the scene at Calhoun Community College Thursday morning. The mock disaster scenario was an effort by local high school students, Calhoun nursing and E.M.S. students,  MedFight, HEMSI and local fire crews.

The students were transported from the scene to the hospital,  then assigned a bed in either an emergency or operating room.

"These real events happen and we want to prepare our students. You can't do anything to really prepare them, but this will give them a glimpse at what they will encounter. It will be chaotic..just mass chaos," said McGill.

High school senior Nathan O'Hare wants to be a firefighter. He says seeing how well the agencies worked together at today's exercise affirms his future plans.

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