Carter High School students practice skills in disaster drill

Carter High School students practice skills in disaster drill

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It was an emergency response drill and was actually planned before these latest events. It was an emergency response drill and was actually planned before these latest events.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In light of the recent disasters in Boston and in Texas, students at Carter High School got to show off their emergency response skills Thursday afternoon.

It was an emergency response drill and was actually planned before these latest events.

Students had to make tough decisions, including prioritizing which patients needed help first.

"It's nerve-racking, it's stressful because people's lives are in your hands, but I think having this scenario to kind of prepare for that. If it were to happen, and we were to be in that kind of scenario, we do know what to do to get our nerves out and execute," said junior Suzannah Parker.

Students have been working toward Thursday's disaster drill for months.

"We've been practicing all semester for situations like this, on a smaller scale, of course," said senior Amy Bodin-Henderson.

Those enrolled in the EMS course created the scenario and the conditions for the pretend patients.

"We set it up that it was a bus wreck, and so there was approximately 20 people on the bus, and it was in London, a double-decker bus went off a bridge, landed on a soccer field, and we had to go out and treat the patients," Parker explained.

With the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosion Wednesday in Texas, the lesson seemed especially important.

"I think that with those, obviously, we know what was going on, we had watched as the events occurred and we had seen on the news. So I think watching those kind of prepared us for this, and we are prepared if anything were to happen, to help," Parker added.

"We've talked about it and talked about it and talked about it, but now they've gotten to do it, so I think in any event if they were somewhere like this, even if they weren't trained personnel that they could give some help to someone nearby," said Carter health science instructor Rebecca Pollard.

The EMS course is a dual-credit course run through Roane State.

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