Disaster Drill: Creighton Students Learn Valuable Lessons


Paul Gutierrez

BELLEVUE (KPTM) - A catastrophe can happen anytime and anywhere, so to get ready for it the Creighton Emergency Medical Services Program hosted a mock drill Friday at the Bellevue Fire Department Training Academy.

"It's not a matter of if a disaster will happen, but when," said Mike Miller, EMS Program Director.

In addition to future paramedics, more than 30 nursing students and volunteers representing victims also took part in the training exercise.

"You always learn about assessments and how to intervene, but you don't get the adrenaline rush an event like this provides," said Sara Robergh, a nursing student.  "That's why something like this is so valuable."

For students, the timing of the exercise comes at a perfect time.  After flooding in North Omaha Tuesday put firefighters to work and a shooting at a campus in Seattle, it's a reminder of the dangers that are out there.

"You have to stay on guard," said Kenzie Espalin, an EMS student.  "Things that happened in the past like 9/11 can happen again."

It's the kind of preparation that will one day save lives and maybe even yours.

This was the first year Creighton nursing students got to take part in the drill.

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