Disaster drill helps first responders, students in Auburn

Disaster drill helps first responders, students in Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Friday the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine collaborated with the Office of Risk Management and Safety at Auburn University for a disaster drill.

More than 300 VCOM students worked alongside first responders from Auburn and Opelika.

The first emergency situation was a crash involving multiple passenger vans and a truck carrying hazardous materials. The second scenario was a tornado touching down in a populated area.

With no specifics on the drill beforehand second-year students were able to apply what they learned in the classroom in a hands-on way. Students were responsible for the triage of those injured and then continued care with medical mannequins.

"When they get out into the field they will be able to react much better," said Michael Freeman, AU Risk Management and Safety. "You can't replace hands-on training no matter how much you do in the classroom. You have to be able to put your hands on it and use those critical thinking skills that will come into
place."

All three VCOM campuses include disaster training as part of the medical education.

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