SCDF Mass Casualty Exercise At ITE College Central
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23 Oct 2018

 SCDF Mass Casualty Exercise At ITE College Central

​​It was after 12 midnight on the 23 October at ITE College Central. The air was muggy, and filled with a prickly tension. Bright lights, flashing red and blue could be seen at the end of the road. Suddenly, a shout rang out followed quickly by the sound of boots thumping heavily on the tiled foyer floor as men in protective gears and stretchers ran towards a cordoned off area filled with unmoving bodies. The bodies were quickly transported onto the stretchers and carried away towards the flashing lights. A short while later, men in orange HAZMAT suits came pounding towards the square carrying tracers and sampling equipment.

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The students in the BSc Biomedical Engineering with Paramedicine and Emergency Response Minor (BSBEP) were invited to observe a mass casualty exercise, conducted by SCDF, where the threat in the exercise was a chemical attack on an education institution. Through this event, the students got to learn more about MCI and the measures in place to respond and deal with such an event. 

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The real life exposure complemented the classroom lessons as the students honed their skills and knowledge in emergency preparedness and management for the future.

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