HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students at Pearl River Community College who are training to be emergency medical technicians got invaluable experience Saturday during an exercise at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy.
A staged emergency scenario featured volunteer victims and actual first responders.
The exercise tested the students' skills in rescuing and transporting several people involved in a two-vehicle traffic accident.
It's done once a semester.
The Hattiesburg Fire Department, Forrest County Sheriff's Department, Baptist Life Flight, Rescue-7 and Triple-A Ambulance Service also participated in the training.
"It's just a real-life experience so that people can be prepared for when this actually does happen," said Steven Todd, an EMT instructor at PRCC.
"As a volunteer victim, it means a lot to know that it takes a whole team to put all this together to be able to save someone," said Kizzy Williams, an EMT student from Hattiesburg.
"We've been in the classroom and just learning things by theory, but now to see how things actually work when the fire department and the EMS works together and the helicopters as well, it was a valuable experience for us to see that," said Anthony Jackson, another student from Hattiesburg.
Ten students are in PRCC's EMT program this semester.
They will graduate June 2.