Farm crisis scenes train students

Joanne Potts and Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
The “jaws of life” were brought to the WA College of Agriculture.
Camera IconThe “jaws of life” were brought to the WA College of Agriculture.

Scenes from a range of emergency situations were simulated at the WA College of Agriculture Narrogin’s grounds on Saturday.

Northam, Albany and Narrogin medical students from the Rural Clinical School of WA gained insight into how to react to a farm emergency.

St John ambulance staff and volunteers join in the simulation.
Camera IconSt John ambulance staff and volunteers join in the simulation. Credit: Joanne Potts

St John Ambulance and DFES staff and volunteers joined the medical students to simulate incidents including snake bikes, vehicle crashes, a fall from height, quad bike roll-overs and chemical burns.

Medical student Harry Hohnen said the activity was a valuable experience.

“The local ambos and firies in Narrogin are an incredibly dedicated and generous bunch, and it was a great chance to learn about the pre-hospital management of conditions that we see coming through the emergency department,” he said.

The Rural Clinical School of WA Narrogin Medical co-ordinator Dr Peter Smith praised the emergency staff for volunteering their time and expertise to assist in making the day not only an educational experience but also an enjoyable day for all involved.

Dr Smith also commented on the professionalism of the volunteer actors who played an important role in making the scenarios so lifelike.

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