On April 5th, Unitek Education hosted Operation Urban Rescue, a mass-casualty simulation designed to prepare emergency medical services for future disasters. Operation Urban Rescue aimed to prepare the community of Fremont, California for future disasters by incorporating military, civilian, and student emergency medical services into one giant training event.
To mimic the response required for a large-scale catastrophe, Operation Urban Rescue featured a huge disaster area, two scenario hospitals, an active ambulance circuit, dynamic extraction lanes, and a dedicated helicopter landing zone. More than 600 people participated in Operation Urban Rescue, including 32 government agencies, 264 volunteer patients, 40 medical instructors, and 245 military personnel. Participants responded to an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene.
Unitek Education’s EMT students were able to participate in Operation Urban Rescue, gaining first-hand knowledge about treating critical injuries in a disaster setting. Students worked alongside instructors and military and civilian personnel to treat simulated injuries in the field. They also had the opportunity to transport patients to helicopters for further medical care at Washington Hospital. Intensive training events like Operation Urban Rescue help students to become the elite EMTs that go on to serve our community.
Operation Urban Rescue was a huge success for everyone involved. The Mas-Cal Training exercise provided a unique opportunity for military and civilian personnel to train together in the field while serving as a training exercise for Unitek Education’s EMT students. Operation Urban Rescue demonstrates that preparation is essential for providing the best medical care during a disaster.
For more information about Operation Urban Rescue, please visit mascaltraining.com.
For more information about Unitek Education’s 14 Day On-Ground Training, please visit unitekeducation.com/emt-training/.