BCC responds to a mock disaster

By Kelly McCarthy

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In case disaster strikes, students at Broome Community College learn how their field of study could come to the rescue.

Students respond to a simulated propane tank explosion that injured more than 30 students on campus.

"So when they graduate in May," said Wesley Warren of BCC's Dept. of Criminal Justice. "When they get on the job, they will know what it's like. All the chaos that goes on in real life."

The drill started with a 911 call to practice initial response to an accident scene, and ended with the injured being taken to a hospital site for nursing students to evaluate.

There were professional EMT, police, and public safety officials on the scene to assist students and offer advice.

"You just can not get this kind of training in the classroom," Warren said. "This is real world training and in real time. The real police officers, the real firefighter, paramedics, EMT, red cross, we could not have done it without the community."

The exercise involved more than 14 departments across campus.

This is the second year BCC held a mock disaster event.

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