Fire Rescue Management
Firefighter paramedics responded to a simulated terrorist attack in North Central Florida Tuesday.
The mock attack, brought to Gainesville by the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center, was designed to prepare emergency workers for a terrorist attack. Paramedics had minutes to get a lifelike mannequin, who was a victim of a terrorist attack, to the hospital. They were unaware of what illness the patient had, but the symptoms allowed paramedics to fully experience what it would be like to treat a patient with anthrax, Alachua County Fire Rescue officials said.
"Anything an actual person can do more or less he's going to do himself...We can sit and listen to lung sounds and see if he's breathing adequately or if he's got a popped lung," said Nathan Bevan of Alachua County Fire Rescue.
Paramedics practiced in a sim lab worth nearly $2 million. With a full ambulance bay and an emergency department, the bus brought real life scenarios to emergency workers. And according to EMLRC's clinical coordinator, things went smoothly.
EMLRC workers said the sim lab will be used to train first responders all over Florida.
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