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Posted January 20, 2015

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Students Fabricate Wounds, Save Lives in Mock Plane Crash, Shooting

CEC paramedic and cosmetology students got real-world experience during drills coordinated by the Albuquerque Fire Department.

Paramedic students at the Career Enrichment Center rescued victims with real-looking wounds created by cosmetology students during a simulated plane crash and shooting staged by the Albuquerque Fire Department Training Academy last week.

AFD Paramedic, Jon McGee, talks about the partnership between APS and AFD

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"Our former disaster drills usually involved duct tape and sticky notes to designate the victims or injuries," said paramedic J.M. McGee, who helped coordinate the event. "Utilizing these students to help create real-looking wounds and injuries certainly helped escalate the caliber of this event."

About 40 APS students took part in the Mass Casualty Incident training along with AFD paramedic recruits. While the cosmetology students created the wounds and injuries on mock victims, the paramedic students took turns as victims and first responders.

"These disaster drills are a critical component of our training academy," said AFD Captain Kevin O'Brien. "Being able to involve these high school students in such a rare event is truly unique, and we are excited we were able to form such a valuable partnership with APS."

"We are honored our students were invited to participate in the AFD's disaster drill," said CEC Principal Pat Arguelles. "This was a true testament to the level of maturity of our students and the level of curriculum their courses are covering."

When students were asked about their favorite parts of the day, answers ranged from the first-hand experience  to "the fake blood."

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