Volunteers wanted for annual emergency response training

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Northwest Missouri State University will host its annual Missouri Hope Emergency Response Field Training Exercise October 7-9 and invites students, employees and community members to volunteer during the exercise.

Missouri Hope is a multidisciplinary mass casualty training experience at Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA) and Mozingo Youth Camp.

More than 600 volunteers of all ages are needed to play the roles of victims and bring a sense of reality to the training. The actors are made up to look like victims with an assortment of physical injuries sustained as a result of natural disasters such as a flood, tornado, or wildfire. Those interested in volunteering should register online by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, October 4 at forms.gle/1tgY9sZvTMsAhdrX6>.

“Volunteer actors gain experience by seeing how such an operation works and how things as varied as communications, medical training, boating experience, physical fitness, fire suppression and even chemistry play a role in the rescue efforts,” Dr. Peter Adam, an assistant professor of biology from North West who is helping with the training experiment, said.

Missouri Hope, which is required for students studying Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) majors or minors, includes 12 separate training exercises for Northwest students as well as medical forces emergency personnel , police, fire and armed forces. Exercises include search and rescue, assessment of traumatic injuries, and evacuation from difficult terrain, such as cliffs and rivers.

Each fall, the exercise also draws students from colleges and universities across the country.

For more information about Missouri Hope and volunteering as a role-player, contact Adam at [email protected]

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