FSW Student First-Responders Put to the Test During Simulated Bomb Disaster

Lee Herald Favicon 16A crimson hue covered the grassy area beside Robinson Hall on Thursday morning.

Body parts, bloodied and contorted mannequins and student casualty volunteers littered the FSW bomb scene filled with smoke and destruction…a college’s preeminent terror.

FSW "Bomb" Event
Image: © 2017 Gary Levine

While Florida Southwestern State College offers distinguished certificates and degrees addressing Emergency Medical Technology/Technician, Paramedics and Crime Scene Technology/Technician, information obtained in a classroom can never fully prepare students for the trauma and drama of an actual emergency.

With shrieking and crying resounding from all directions, EMS students performed triage upon the aggregation of victims. Those capable of walking were escorted from the scene while the dead and severely injured remained surrounded by smoke.

Following the EMS process, the school’s crime scene investigators went to work gathering evidence. Students enrolled in the Crime Scene Technology Program put their skills to the test as academic supervisors assisted and made recommendations. CSI students worked to locate and gather evidence that would be used by law enforcement to develop leads and assist prosecutors to prove involvement and guilt.

FSW "Bomb" event
Image: © 2017 Gary Levine

Journalism students interviewed responders and crime scene technicians regarding the incident and scoured the scene for information relevant to their story.

While some onlookers giggled as fellow students moaned and shouted, the scene offered much of the devastation that students can expect to encounter in the event of a true emergency.

FSW "Bomb" event
Image: © 2017 Gary Levine

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