Published: 05 December 2013

Student paramedics tackle major incident training

Surrey students joined hundreds of police, fire and ambulance personnel for a high adrenaline professional training exercise.

Second and third year Paramedic Practice students experienced the drama and chaos of a major disaster as part of a unique training simulation organised by the emergency services.

The multi-agency exercise involved crews from the police, fire and ambulance services, as well as nearly 100 ‘casualties’.

Surrey students acted as event marshals and took on the role of injured patients — complete with realistic bloody make up — for the action-packed simulation, which lasted for more than four hours.

The training exercise gave students valuable insight into the complexities of responding to a major incident, and the chance to experience the worry and isolation patients feel when they’re waiting for help to arrive.

Claire Horsfield, Paramedic Practice Tutor, said: “Thanks to this exercise, students will be able to link real experience to local major incident response policies, which will help them to be better prepared for clinical practice and the very real possibility of facing an event of this scale while they are on placement.

“The event showed how important good inter-professional working is to a successful incident response. The students could not get this experience without the close working relationship between the University and our practice partners, South East Coast Ambulance Service, and all of the emergency services who facilitated the event.”



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