Heat turns mock drill into real emergency
by Elane Jones
Jul 30, 2012 | 1973 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heat played an unexpected role in the mock earthquake drill that was held Saturday in Jasper when the training exercise became a real-life emergency.

The students, who were training to become members of the Walker County Teen Community Emergency Response Team, had to rescue two of their peers who were overcome by the heat.

“We did have two heat-related emergencies during the drill, both were students,” said Greg Wilson, local CERT instructor and Thach CERT member. “They were treated on the scene for mild heat-related problems, hopefully without any lasting ill-effects.”

Wilson said the training exercise was brought to a screeching halt as soon as the instructors realized the situation.

“It was hot and things like this happen, but we always make sure we have plenty of emergency medical personnel on hand just in case. We were hoping and praying we wouldn’t have to use them, but we had two EMTs, myself and Richard Meeks, another CERT instructor and member of Curry Fire & Rescue, and paramedics from Regional Paramedical Services,” Wilson said. “The students did an excellent job. They identified we had a real emergency and got those students to us (the instructors), and we got them the medical attention they needed.”

Wilsons said the students were put into the back of the RPS ambulance where it was cool and the volunteers from the American Red Cross who were also on the scene gave them something cold to drink along with a salty and/or sweet snack to help them recover.