On February 23 and 24, more than 175 Durham College (DC) students put their classroom and lab training into action and to the test in an intense, two-day emergency simulation exercise at the Oshawa campus.
Bringing together students and employees from the schools of Justice & Emergency Services, Health & Community Services and Media, Art & Design, as well as peers from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the exercise followed a detailed script that saw volunteers simulate a mass-casualty emergency stemming from an explosion.
Unfolding in real-time, day one was dedicated to the emergency simulation while day two focused on mock trials generated from the previous day’s events. The exercise provided students with valuable experiential learning as well as a better understanding of how members of emergency services, health and social services, legal services and the media work together during an emergency.
Students from the following DC programs participated:
9-1-1 Emergency and Call Centre Communications
Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations ( graduate certificate)
Emergency Services Fundamentals
Firefighter – Pre-service, Education and Training
Fitness and Health Promotion
Gerontology – Activation Co-ordination (graduate certificate)
Journalism – Mass Media
Paralegal (graduate certificate)
Paramedic – Advanced Care (graduate certificate)
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas
Protection, Security and Investigation
Social Service Worker