Mock Emergency Exercise Scheduled for Friday on Main Campus

October 19, 2016 -- About 200 students from six programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety will be responding to a large-scale mock emergency situation as a learning exercise on Friday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. It will occur at the east end of the Student Resource Center, the SRC lawn, the JS Building and the S Building. The mock scenario will involve a domestic violence situation that turns into a deadly shooting in the SRC Richard Barr Boardroom.
October 19, 2016

The mock emergency will result in five casualties and 20 serious injuries, including an attempted suicide by the gunman. High-tech patient mannequins and student actors will comprise the victims.

To make the drill as realistic as possible for the student learning experience, fake blood will be used on student actors/patients, a medical helicopter will make two landings on the SRC lawn to evacuate patients, and five ambulances from local agencies will be used to transport patients from the scene to the JS Building, which will serve as a mock hospital receiving patients. The JS Building’s medical labs will serve as emergency rooms, surgical rooms, post-operation care and intensive care.

“We want to make this drill as realistic as possible so our students can test their skills and get a better understanding of what it takes to stay calm and perform professionally in a chaotic emergency scene,” said EMS faculty member Kyle Cole, who is organizing the drill along with Nursing faculty member Michael Shannon, Security Chief John Corvino and School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety Simulation Director Richard Gentile. “This will be a highly valuable learning experience for our students and it will better prepare them for the real-world situations they’ll face when they begin their careers. It will also be a valuable learning tool for faculty, staff and the CNM Security department.

Students and their faculty members from the Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology and Criminal Justice programs will be involved in the emergency drill. The CNM Security department will also use the drill as a training exercise for the college’s Emergency Operation Plan.

The Albuquerque Police Department will be represented on site and will observe the drill.

If you are not part of the drill, please stay clear of the area and abide by any instructions from CNM Security officers while the drill is taking place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 28.

Community partners for this emergency drill include: Bernalillo County Fire Department, Albuquerque Ambulance Service, American Medical Response, PHI Air Medical and the Albuquerque Police Department.