Story by Charity Lindsey & Julio Manzo
First responders in training received valuable preparation for their future jobs during Victor Valley College’s Multi-Discipline Day on Nov. 14th.
The biannual event is filled with roughly 45 drills meant to give VVC’s nursing, law enforcement, fire technology, emergency medical technology, and paramedic students a taste of real scenarios that they may encounter in their careers.
“Several scenarios have been set up around the Regional Public Safety Training Center to expose students to realistic police and corrections situations and investigations to assist them in their learning experience,” said Rand Padgett, Director of Criminal Justice at VVC. “Students will be putting the skills they have been taught to work through situations and investigations.”
Nursing students ran the, “VVC Trauma Center,” which simulates Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. There were students covered in special effects makeup including realistic lacerations, burns, and other wounds.
“They’re learning the principles of emergency medicine,” said VVC nursing professor Terry Truelove. “It’s teaching them triage protocol during an emergency, like a natural disaster.”
Students from Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE), Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), Options for Youth, and Oak Hills, Sultana, Yucaipa, and Hesperia high schools observed as VVC students utilized their newly learned skills.
Every single one of the 250 high school students who attended also gained a life-saving skill while visiting the RPSTC: How to perform CPR.
Emil Kennås, a foreign exchange student from Sweden who is a senior at ACE, was pleasantly surprised by the events that took place.
“The most surprising thing was how realistic everything was. I have never seen something like this in Sweden so it was so cool to see,” Kennås said. “My biggest dream is to be a doctor in my home country, Sweden. So seeing this was so inspiring.”
Amid the hospital simulation, fire technology students were battling vehicle and dumpster fires and extricating victims from the wreckage of a car accident. Scenarios went on throughout the afternoon, including a police riot and active shooter training.
The RPSTC holds these training days twice a year; once in spring semester and once in fall. Along with providing important real-life learning for VVC students, it allows high school students in the region an opportunity to get a glimpse of college-level training.
Joseph Alexy, a senior at AAE, said the “experience was amazing.”
“Being able to see behind the scenes and witness what training is involved to be able to become a firefighter, EMR, or a police office was such a unique experience,” Alexy said. “They really do training for anything which shows just how dedicated they were.”