STC Faculty, Students Assist in Disaster Drill in Candler County
May 2, 2013 - Ten nursing students from Southeastern Technical College were involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 16 near Metter on April 23. At least, that’s what Candler County Emergency Services lead the authorities to believe.
Kathy Holt’s practical nursing class was, in fact, decorated with wounds through the moulage—the application of mock injuries—skills of Jim Jones, the STC EMS Professions program director, and made a part of a “full scale combined exercise” intended to train police, fire, emergency and medical services in Candler County on disaster management.
“These types of drills call for community team work from all public service departments and show what works and what needs to be improved,” said Holt.
For nearly an hour and a half, those services went through emergency procedures to handle the simulated event—the wreck of a 44-passenger bus on the nearby interstate. The STC students, acting as 10 seriously injured passengers, were received at the Candler County Industrial Park and transported to Candler County Hospital.
“The disaster drill, although fun for the students, provided them with an excellent opportunity to learn to triage emergency victims,” said Holt. “It gave them the patient’s perception of care – because they were the patients.”
Southeastern Tech’s students and faculty praised the work of Candler County’s public service departments and each other.
“Jim Jones did an excellent job with the makeup and even fooled some of the hospital staff because, at first, glance the wounds looked very real,” said Holt.
David W. Moore, director of Candler County Emergency Services, wrote in his final assessment that “the exercise met annual requirements for Candler County Hospital and for Candler County Emergency Management Agency.”
For more information on nursing or EMS education, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.