Harvard University held an emergency medicine conference Oct. 26, 2013, with participants from around the globe. Heritage Academy (Monterey, Tenn.) was invited to be a part of this conference to train and participate in an emergency drill.
During the conference, Heritage students trained Harvard medical students and professors in moulage, the art of creating mock injuries on people for the purpose of emergency drills.
For the drill, 100 victims were placed within the drill site on the Camp Edwards Military Base (Mass.), and emergency personnel along with doctors and professors responded using the tools on hand and the crude facilities provided. The purpose of the drill was to train and prepare the personnel to respond to emergency situations in countries suffering mass casualties as a result of disasters or terrorism.
“Being able to go to Boston for a huge disaster drill was a real privilege,” said Sierra Manestar, a sophomore at Heritage Academy. “Though the 17-hour one-way drive was long, it was definitely worth it. We rose about 5 a.m. on Sunday and went to work. It was so much fun working with a great team of experts. Everyone looked great, and the observers and responders were very impressed. At the last minute, we were asked to be victims ourselves and that was my favorite part. Although I was so incredibly tired on the way back, it was the chance of a lifetime.” ν
by Dee Casper