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CCC to host terrorism response training for Bolivar County emergency responders
CLARKSDALE – If you notice police cars, fire trucks and ambulances swarming the Delta State University/Bologna Performing Arts Center’s parking lot on the night of Friday, June 3, don’t be alarmed.

CCC to host terrorism response training for Bolivar County emergency responders

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed May 25, 2016

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Pictured is a photo from a first-aid/first-responder training session CCC's EMT Department is currently offering to firefighters in Cleveland, MS.

CLARKSDALE – If you notice police cars, fire trucks and ambulances swarming the Delta State University/Bologna Performing Arts Center’s parking lot on the night of Friday, June 3, don’t be alarmed.

Coahoma Community College (CCC) will be teaming up with up Bolivar County-area emergency response agencies to host a Terrorism Response and Mass Casualty Care (TRAMC-2) training that will feature a staged terrorist event designed to help the agencies sharpen their response skills.

“We wanted to make sure the public is aware that it is a training and not a real terrorist event so that we do not create pandemonium in Cleveland during the drill,” said CCC Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) Program Director Rhett Nelson.

According to Nelson, the unique training will bring local law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies together in a mock terrorist scenario to show them how to respond together to neutralize the threat and save lives.

“Historically, each of these agencies train separately, but a real emergency crisis requires more than one department to respond,” Nelson said.

The two-fold training will include instructional sessions, hosted May 31- June 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Cleveland’s Fire Station #2.

Led by CCC’s highly-trained Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) staff, the sessions will combine lecture and hands-on exercises on a variety of topics including how to maximize communication between different agencies, coordinating response plans, learning triage methods and how to safely remove victims.

The training will wrap up at 6 p.m. Friday with the mock terrorist attack at the BPAC.

In addition to the TRAMC-2 training, Cleveland’s Fire Department has also been receiving a First-Aid/First-Responder refresher course from CCC’s EMT Department over the past several weeks.

While similar trainings and courses have been hosted in the Coahoma County area in the past, Nelson said he’s excited to offer the course in another one of CCC’s five-county service areas.

“We were able to expand to the Bolivar County area by request, and we’ve been pleased with the response and support we’ve been receiving,” said Nelson. “It’s great that the college is able to offer this for the community, and we’re looking forward to moving into even more service areas in the near future.”

If you’re an emergency response agency interested in participating, or for more information, contact Nelson at (662) 621-4041, (662) 588-0727 or by e-mail at rnelson@coahomacc.edu.