Recently Jim Beck, campus director at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud, along with Jessica Ostendorf, veterinary technology program chair, Barb Meemken, academic assistant, and Lisa Smith, medical assisting program chair, attended the 2nd Annual Inter-Professional Simulation conference here in St. Cloud.
The day’s theme was Active Threat Training and included a full simulation involving the St. Cloud Police, fire department, and emergency first responders. Organized by former Minnesota School of Business instructor and graduate, Jennifer Potter, Master of Science in Management (emphasis Health Care Management) and Sargent Marty Sayre of the St. Cloud Police Department, the event allowed employees from schools, area businesses, and health personnel to come together and gain insight into what occurs during actual situations involving an active shooter on the premise as well as a bomb going off in a populated area.
“The live simulation was very eye opening and when thinking about our students, safety comes first,” said Beck, who at one point during the simulation was ordered to the ground by armed officers and escorted out of the building as smoke started billowing through the hallways. “The whole event was well organized and treated very real,” he added.
The event also included numerous volunteers who portrayed injured victims. Helping with the make-up, Lisa Smith offered her expertise in creating gunshot wounds, burns, lacerations, and abrasions on the volunteers. Smith, along with Jessica Ostendorf, attended a session on emergency care for traumatic injuries and two of the main takeaways were if a bomb goes off there is often a urgent need to rush in and help those that are injured. Often times there will be more bombs that may go off after the first responders arrive, so even though you want to help you, need to wait for the bomb squad to make sure the area is secure before health personnel can get in to help. “Being reactive may be dangerous,” said Smith.
The other takeaway was during these types of emergencies when it comes to triage, you need to use the tools you have on hand and be able to react to the differing wounds. The injured included children and adults, which all had different levels of medical need.
“I do feel safer knowing the response that the St. Cloud Police has in situations such as this,” said Ostendorf. “As a member of the Safety Committee on our campus, there are some little things we can do and they can make a huge difference when it comes to the safety of our students and co-workers.”
About the Author: Neil Vig, MLIS, is a Campus Librarian at Globe University & Minnesota School of Business in St. Cloud. He has worked in the library field for over 17 years. Neil also has a B.A in English Literature from University of North Dakota. He has been the Minnesota School of Business for 10 years.