CWC preparing for emergency training drill on Thursday

Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 11:44 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Central Wyoming College is hosting an emergency drill on Thursday, April 15th and wants the public to know it is just a drill. It will be life-like and will involve Fremont County Law Enforcement as well as local healthcare personnel and ambulance services.

Until four years ago, CWC students weren’t able to do full scale exercises. Now they are, and they’re also collaborating with healthcare partners as well as local law enforcement to create a realistic and educational experience for many students and people in the workforce.

Terry Wilson, Assistant Professor of Nursing at CWC brought her background in state and Fremont County emergency coordination to the college four years ago, and brought the community together for the first exercise. Wilson stated that many of the nursing students will end up working in local healthcare facilities, so to have the connections built with local partners is invaluable. Wilson stated, “In a crisis situation, if suddenly you have a lot of strangers that just show up and are bringing you patients, and they’re not talking the same lingo, they’re not giving the same information, it’s kind of overwhelming to be on the receiving end of that.” Being able to build that collaboration ahead of time in a training like this, may ease some of that.

The emergency training opens a door for the nursing students to be able to work with different agencies and prepare them for what may happen when they’re in the field. The college is trying to make the drill as realistic as possible, to create the most beneficial training environment.

“They have a saying that says you act in a real situation like you train,” stated Chuck Carr, the director of Campus security for CWC.

Carr added that there are a lot of young people coming up within the ranks and he hopes it will be a good learning tool for them and himself included.

“I always hope to gain more knowledge, I think when you think you’re done learning, it’s time to move on,” Carr added. The training also gives hands on experience, helping people to decide if it’s a career field they should seriously consider.

“Some of them think maybe they want to be in law enforcement, but they’re not sure. To participate in this type of event it will wither persuade them to do it, or maybe not,” Carr explained. He added that this force on force, situational training is hard to replace, so it’s a benefit to all involved to participate this year, especially since last year’s exercise had to be cancelled.

The training is Thursday April 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proper signage to inform public of the drill will be on site.

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