An oncoming train crashes into the truck, killing a driver of one of the cars and one of the engineers on the train, and seriously injuring the other engineer.
This was the scenario acted out Thursday morning by Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome High School health occupation students and the Floyd County Community Emergency Response Team.
The drill began on Lavender Drive with “patients” being taken to Redmond for “evaluation.”
“It helps us make sure we have best practices in place in the event of an actual emergency,” said Andrea Pitts, spokeswoman for Redmond. “We look at what we are doing and how we can make it better.”
About 50 people participated in the drill.
Vicki Wiles, who leads the Floyd County CERT team, said she participates in about three or four drills in the Floyd County area each year.
She also serves as clerkship coordinator with the Medical College of Georgia’s Northwest Clinical Campus and said she hopes to have students from the college participating in the drills in future years.
“From the Rome High School students’ perspective, who are interested in health care careers, I think it was helpful for them to see that health care has many moving parts,” Wiles said. “They saw that communication, coordination and teamwork are all critical in both emergency and non-emergency care.”