FRAMINGHAM – MassBay Community College will be holding a disaster day – mass casualty incident training drill on Thursday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. on the Framingham campus for healthcare students in the Nursing, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Paramedicine, and Surgical Technology programs.
The scenario for this drill, which was written by our EMT and Paramedic students, is an outdoor music concert, when mid-show the stage collapses due to an out of control car that crashes into the structure.
The students will be responding to the incident as if it is a true emergency, using the skills they have learned in their specific disciplines.
Students will face multiple trauma victims, vehicle entrapments, and as an added twist to this event, a medical patient located on the roof of the structure is injured and a roof rescue is needed.
The EMS (EMT and Paramedicine) students will be coordinating the response, taking care of the scene management, coordinating with the fire and police officers, while providing prehospital emergency care for multiple patients before the patients are transported into the campus building, where the treatment will continue as if our building was an actual hospital setting.
The students in the Nursing, Radiological Technology, and Surgical Technology programs will then be handling those patients’ treatments, using what they have learned in the classroom to react in this skills-based drill. When participating in this training drill, students will provide emergency care to training simulation mannequins and Framingham High School students, who will be our volunteer actors for this event.
The Framingham Police and Fire Departments will be joining the college sin this educational, hands-on drill, while also using this event as a training exercise for their firefighters to use the Jaws of Life, as well as completing the roof rescue with a Stokes basket rescue stretcher.
The vehicle that will be cut apart has been generously donated and transported to our Framingham campus by Central Auto Parts of Natick
Mayor Yvonne Spicer also plans to attend the drill..
This exercise is part of the curriculum for our health students to learn how to respond to this type of incident, while working in collaboration across different healthcare disciplines and with local police and fire departments, preparing for real world experiences.
The two schools adjacent to the campus have been alerted about this drill – McCarthy Elementary and Fuller Middle School.
Photo courtesy Russ Campbell Photography & MassBay Community College.