On April 5th, Unitek Education hosted Operation Urban Rescue, a mass-casualty simulation, aiming to prepare emergency medical services for future disasters while also training EMTs. By incorporating military, civilian, and student emergency medical services into one training event, Operation Urban Rescue aimed to prepare the community to best respond to disasters in the future.
To mimic the response required for a large catastrophe, Operation Urban Rescue featured a huge disaster area, two scenario hospitals, an active ambulance circuit, dynamic extraction lanes, and a dedicated helicopter landing zone. More than 600 people participated in Operation Urban Rescue, including 32 government agencies, 264 volunteer patients, 40 medical instructors, and 245 military personnel. Participants responded to an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene.
Operation Urban Rescue served as a training exercise for Unitek Education’s EMT students, who gained first-hand knowledge about treating critical injuries in a disaster setting. Students had the chance to work alongside instructors and military and civilian personnel to treat simulated injuries in the field. They also had the opportunity to transport patients to helicopters for transport. Intensive training events like Operation Urban Rescue help students to become the elite EMTs that go on to serve our community.
Operation Urban Rescue was a huge success for everyone involved. The Mas-Cal Training exercise provided a unique opportunity for EMTs to train alongside military and civilian personnel in the field. Operation Urban Rescue demonstrates that practicing life-saving techniques can only help to reduce loss of life from future disasters.
For more information about Operation Urban Rescue, please visit mascaltraining.com
For more information about Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training, please visit unitekeducation.com/emt-training/