Sirens, helicopters, smoke -
don't panic, it's only training
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There will be sirens, ambulances, helicopters and other emergency equipment in and around the Slippery Rock University campus next Monday through Friday, but don't panic, the activities are all part of a "Tactical Medicine" program offered by the division of lifelong learning.
"Classes for the week will be conducted both on- and off-campus and will make use of the SRU Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, the Ski Lodge, some of the more remote areas of campus, the downtown fire hall and other nearby locations," said James Brockman, director of workforce and professional development at the Center for Lifelong and Community Learning.
"We don't want anyone to panic when the see a helicopter or emergency medical technicians, paramedics, doctors or SWAT team members actively participating in the training exercises," Brockman said.
The training will involve use of an Army Stryker wheeled personnel carriers and a Stat-Medivac helicopter for mock "victim" extractions.
There will be no live gunfire involved, nor any danger to students, Brockman said. However, noise, smoke and water will be part of the training and may be visible to passersby.
Most of the training is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., but at least two days will include evening training to simulate night events.
All training will be in the peripheral areas of campus, or off campus. The exercises and training will not make use of campus classroom buildings, residence halls or athletic fields.
The training program is designed to provide hands-on activities for those who supply out-of-hospital care in a tactical environment.
"The austere environment of a tactical law enforcement mission requires special judgment and skills not taught in standard paramedic courses of medical school," Brockman said.
The program will facilitate collaboration with former Army Special Forces medical providers, FBI tactical teams, the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Saint Vincent's Mercy Medical Center.