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Crisis Response Drill at NWMSU

Students at Northwest Missouri State University participated in training exercises to experience what it's like to be a part of a rescue team during a natural disaster.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Northwest Missouri State University Students participated in training exercises to learn what it's like to be in the field after a storm.

"We're teaching them to be responders and not victims, and setting the conditions for people to have, if they're so inclined, professions in this area," said Dr. Mark Corson.

The three-day training included multiple courses that tested students' teamwork and leadership abilities.

One course required them to climb a 50-foot tower to rescue an injured victim.

"So, they're assessing that person up there, and the only way to bring them down is on a gurney. They're going to have to find a way to stabilize those injuries, treat him to shock, and get him lowered to help as soon as possible," said Terry Robertson.

Students said going through high-pressure situations, like the courses, is the best way to learn.

"You can learn it through lecture, and then you can kind of see somebody else doing it. But until you've actually experienced it, and done it yourself, you don't know how you're going to respond," said Candace Holmes.

The responses varied, but in the end, students were happy they got hands-on training, and learned what to do if a disaster strikes.

"These exercises, these experimental learning activities, they change student lives, no doubt. We had students tell us that repeatedly, that I didn't think I could do that, but you taught me that I could do things I didn't think I could do, and I'm a different person," said Dr. Corson.

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