EMT Practice Event

Simley EMT Students Simulate Disaster for College Paramedic Students
Posted on 05/06/2022
Simley EMT students pretended to be injured victims in a simulation for Inver Hills Community College emergency medical services studentsSimley High School’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) classes, including the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class, routinely do drills to practice their skills in high-stress environments that simulate real life. In past years, EMS students have practiced CPR in the middle of the high school’s foyer during passing periods to get used to focusing in a chaotic setting. This spring, EMT students played the victims in a large-scale simulation of a mass casualty incident to help paramedic students at Inver Hills Community College practice their skills.

Simley students were put in makeup to simulate different injuries and positioned around the Inver Hills campus to mimic a car and bus collision with a high number of severe injuries. College students triaged the Simley students, treated their “injuries,” put them on gurneys and in the backs of ambulances, and ran through all of the other tasks they would have to do at the scene of a large disaster.

Although Simley students were acting as the victims, they gained a better understanding of how medical services work at a large-scale incident, what victims experience, and how different injuries are treated. Participating in the simulation also gave them a first-hand look at the educational opportunities that will be available after they complete their high school EMS courses.

Thank you to Inver Hills for inviting Simley students to participate and learn!