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Three Rivers to Hold Mass Casualty Training

Nov 20, 2015

Three Rivers College will hold its bi-annual mass casualty training event on Tuesday, November 24. The training helps prepare students in participating programs for a mass casualty emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack and tests the college’s emergency response plans. The training event will be held at the college’s Poplar Bluff campus, near the Bess Activity Center.

Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including three classes of nursing students, EMT students, and Paramedic students. The training will also receive support from regional medical centers, local ambulance services, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments.

The training will have extensive participation from local first responders, according to Dr. Staci Campbell, Department Chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers. The Poplar Bluff Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Poplar Bluff Fire Department, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Black River Medical Center, and Air Evac Lifeteam will be among the local participants.

In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership and command/control positions. The college is also keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.