Disaster Day is the largest student-led, interprofessional emergency response simulation in the United States. With 650 participants, this year’s Disaster Day included students, faculty, and staff from the Texas A&M School of Public Health and Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
This was the first year the simulation was held at the 52-acre, mock city of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Brayton Fire Training Field, which includes an extraction site, field hospital and Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC). Throughout the year, the Brayton Fire Training Field serves as a training ground for first responders nationwide.
Students learned about working together on interprofessional teams to save as many lives as possible following a simulated train derailment. Students also learned the behind-the-scenes work of managing a disaster.
“Disaster Day gives students as close to real-life experience as they can get without actually helping patients during an emergency,” said Dean Jay Maddock, of the School of Public Health. “When and if our students are involved in an emergency, they’ll be more prepared having participated in this simulation.”