Drill puts students to the test

Smoke billowed from a car. There were dead and injured teenagers tossed on the asphalt, lying under cars and stuck inside vehicles mangled together in an unthinkable accident.It was a frightening but necessary scene that put training into action for some 200 students in Anoka-Hennepin’s Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP).

As sirens heralded the arrival of fire trucks and ambulances, the STEP students sprang into action as part of a mass casualty training event staged in a parking lot at Anoka Technical College May 10.

The scene was quickly secured, cordoned off with yellow crime tape. Firefighters in training hooked the hose up to a nearby hydrant and extinguished the smoldering vehicle.

EMTs worked on the wounded. Students documented the crime scene. Bodies were carried away.

The two sessions were part of a cumulative assessment based on everything the students have learned throughout the semester, according to John French, a STEP law enforcement/firefighting instructor.

For Kaley Biorn, a senior from Anoka High School, the experience was very realistic and will help her in the future as she studies to be an EMT and surgical nurse.

“It thought it was a really good experience,” she said.

The Anoka-Champlin and Ramsey fire departments also participated in the event.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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