HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Emergency personnel and future EMT graduates got to experience firsthand the sights and sounds of a horrific scene Saturday.
A drunk driver eluding police officers ending in a fatal crash with multiple people injured set the stage for a memorable experience for the students.
Members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department, AAA Ambulance Service, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Baptist LifeFlight, and Rescue 7 participated in the exercise.
"It gives them actual hands on experience of a scene, and things they will see in real life," said Steven Todd, EMT Instructor.
Pearl River students not only got to watch, but play victims as well, with makeup artist Leslie Armstrong detailing extensive wounds on multiple trauma patients.
"Today students were dealing with what we call an alpha patient, which makes them the highest level of critical care, and we transport to the closest appropriate facilities," said Todd.
EMTs are the saving grace that gets the injured patients to the hospitals for treatment. This day of fun and training was important to the students for multiple reasons, but most importantly;
"It allows them to be the best EMT they can possibly be," said EMT student Rebecca McKenzie.
Class instructors stated becoming familiar with scenes like the ones today,, and remaining calm, saves lives.
For these soon to be EMTs this is a day that they will remember.