EMT students prepare for mass casualty disaster

CREATED May 11, 2013

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Disaster at a daycare would be the headline if the events were real, but EMT students responded to a "worst case scenario" drill, to help better prepare them for a mass casualty incident.

In the wake of recent tragedies it is now a required part of the EMT training course to learn how to respond to a mass casualty incident. 

More than two dozen students were called out to a simulated explosion at a day care center, complete with smoke and injured victims, children and adults made to look like they have traumatic injuries.

“This is actually one of the hardest things you can do in EMS is treat one single patient, and in this particular incident, there's a bunch of them,” said Ted Milano, Health & Safety Coordinator for Community Ambulance

Students determine what the injuries are, provide life saving treatment if needed, and bring the patients safely out of the building.  But just like in an actual emergency, these first responders find out sometimes...it's too late.