Fake disaster leads to first aid certification at JVS


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Courtesy photo Health student Tonja Hannibal assists “patient” Kelly Bustance during a mock disaster drill at the Lorain County JVS.


Paramedics can’t build life-saving skills just by reading textbooks. That’s why a recent drill at the Lorain County JVS was so important.

It put health students’ training to the test in a mock disaster.

They had to think quickly to help actors with fake burns, broken bones, and lacerations. Emergency workers-in-training helped choking victims and responded to a staged car crash.

“In lab, the students are taught and tested on all items related to first aid and safety, but this mock disaster drill puts them on the spot and prepares them for real life scenarios,” said instructor Holly Sofia. “Even though the day’s activities were a drill, the students saw the important implications of being prepared for a major event.”

Observing and grading were staff from Lorain County Community College, EMT students from the college, and paramedics from the South Lorain County Ambulance District.

Students who aced the live test earned first aid and CPR certification, as well as two college credits.

Courtesy photo Health student Tonja Hannibal assists “patient” Kelly Bustance during a mock disaster drill at the Lorain County JVS.

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Courtesy photo Health student Tonja Hannibal assists “patient” Kelly Bustance during a mock disaster drill at the Lorain County JVS.

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