Wiregrass Students Learn Emergency Response

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) -- Students from Northview and Dothan high spent the afternoon preparing for natural disasters.

Elizabeth Mayes needed to stay focused.

50 people had just been injured in an explosion and now she's in charge.

"We had a middle school coming through to tour our lab," said Mayes.

Elizabeth was the incident commander for this mock disaster at Dothan Technology Center.

These students are in a student emergency responder training course, learning the best way to deal with emergency situations and the training is very realistic.

"They seen some things that they wont see everyday," said Adrian Thomas, EMS Captain for Dothan Fire and Rescue.

Students learn everything from giving basic first aid to setting up a triage center; selecting who gets treated first.

EMS and EMA assisted in the drill.

Even throwing the students a few, unexpected curve balls.

"It helped put things in reality that will come about," said Elizabeth Mayes.

"You never know what kind of event you might be responding too," said Densie Williams of the Houston County EMA Office.

The mock disaster is the culmination of an intensive three-day session for these students which gives them the confidence they need to deal with the real deal when it happens.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis