Campus Community Emergency Response training comes to campus

Campus Community Emergency Response training comes to campus

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Students from the community and population health course in the nursing program have collaborated to bring C-CERT (Campus Community Emergency Response Team) training to Boise State campus, along with a new course, and a new club.

Senior nursing majors Jessica Mothershead and Kira Bishop-Loya both realized the community was lacking in any sort of team to assist in an emergency situation on
campus.

Both students participated in the C-CERT class which took place on April 30, 2014.

“This is good general life knowledge; it’s critical thinking skills. It’s an understanding of leadership,” said Crash Marusich, public education and mitigation specialist with the Ada County Emergency Management (ACEM).

In the course, students learned about firefighting, first aid, terrorism awareness and personal preparedness. The goal of the course is that, afterwards, the students will be able to fulfill the position of a first responder role when first responders are not available. The students are not themselves becoming professional first responders.

“They’re working with Ada County and the Boise State emergency management department to establish a group of volunteers who are trained to help in the event of a disaster or an emergency here on campus,” said assistant professor Mark Siemon from the School of Nursing.

C-CERT training has been offered at Boise State in the past, but this is the first time a new course and club are being introduced along with it.

“There might eventually be a one-credit course which this would be a portion of,” Marusich said. “Then the club members would obviously go through that class and flow back through into the club.”

The course the class has jumpstarted will be offered sometime in the near future. The name of the future course is uncertain, but it will have something to do with disaster preparedness. The students also hope along with the course and club, the C-CERT trainings can continue. This year’s training was in part funded by (ACEM).

“We hope to continue to partner with them (ACEM) in addition to the Idaho Department of Homeland Security to continue to make this a no-cost event for faculty, students and staff at Boise State,” Siemon said.

An important part of the training and the future course is moulage. Moulage is the technique of simulating severe wounds on people with
make-up.

“When simulating a disaster event, the higher the level and the more realistic you can make it then the more practice people get; in that, the better prepared they are to actually go into a real disaster where you can potentially have people who are severely injured,” Siemon said.

For this exercise, volunteers from the Meridian Medical Arts Charter School came in to adorn the moulage and play as victims.

“The moulage forces them to think things through—what is the first aid technique I need to use, how can I effectively carry this person without injuring them?” Marusich said.

After seeing how well this training course works at Boise State, the class may also be implemented and offered at other universities throughout the state, such as University of Idaho and Idaho State
University.

“This really is the pilot; this is where it’s growing and where we’re working it through,” Marusich said.

When or if a disaster will hit Boise State cannot be predicted. However, Marusich pointed to the increase of school shootings.

“Unfortunately we’ve seen all over the United States active shooter scenarios on campuses occur,” Marusich said.

Keely Mills is a senior communication major with a media production emphasis at Boise State. When Mills isn't writing or reading, she plays musical instruments such as the drums, guitar, piano, and accordion. Mills is always ready for travel and for learning new things. Follow her on twitter, @PelozaJ and check out her photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/104422559@N08/

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