SPRINGFIELD, MO - Emergency responder's held a mass casualty training today on the Missouri State campus. It's a newer concept of how emergency responder's interact with each other is being tested across the nation.
“It’s one of those things we know is a low frequency but it’s a high frequency consequence event. We want to be prepared for it," says MSU emergency manager David Hall. "This is giving them the ability to use a large area facility to be able to test those procedures.”
Hall explains that it is critical to involve every emergency responder.
“The simulated injuries are beneficial, in that, it allows us to continue to perfect our treatment and skills," says fire chief David Pennington. "But the injuries are not new to how we do things.”
And for those participating as the injured, what if the scenario was reality?
“It’s, definitely, eerie for me having everyone around me talking like I was dead," says Spencer and Sophia Thompson, mass casualty actors. "That’s what real life situations are like. There is a lot of screaming and there is a lot of blood.”
Pennington says that working with multiple responders allows them to work through solutions to problems so if they had to do it for real they’d be ready. With the Department of Defense observing their training they are doing as many scenarios as possible.
"So, we have a lot of input and different eyes from different angles so we can continue to be resilient and prepared for any emergency we might have to respond to," explains Pennington.
Officials say that they use tactics from there training's just like this every day.