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Hope Academy students play the walking wounded
6:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A CREW of sixth formers spent a day ‘made up’ as casualties to help the emergency services prepare for crisis scenarios in road crashes and nightclubs.
The Hope Academy volunteered to spend a day with 999 teams to assist with their ATACC (anaesthesia, trauma and critical care) training.
During the 10-hour day, they posed as victims in a smoke-filled club, at an underground explosion and a car smash.
Teacher Louise Davies said: “While our walking wounded put their hearts and souls into playing out these scenarios, faking symptoms and injuries, teams of emergency services treated them like real life casualties.
“Chloe Banks was whisked off in an ambulance to A&E; Jack Beswick put his improvisation skills to the test and decided to ‘throw a spanner in the works’ and stop breathing, and Natalie Forshaw was put on oxygen for feigning breathing difficulties.
“Yet again, a number of our students have proven how committed they are by volunteering their own time and giving 100 per cent effort in the simulations.
“Their behaviour was impeccable during the course of the day, and the trainers were really thankful for the enthusiasm and interest the students have shown in our public services and the amazing work that they do.”
It is the second time Hope students have volunteered to help with the training and they plan to go back in February for another session.
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