Mercy Medical Center provides disaster response training

Shasta County saw a devastating emergency in the Carr Fire and now Mercy Medical Center is making sure they are prepared for any catastrophe.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 12:15 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Shasta County saw a devastating emergency in the Carr Fire and now Mercy Medical Center is making sure they are prepared for any catastrophe.

EMT, paramedics and FEMA representatives gathered at Mercy Medical Center in Redding on Wednesday for a pediatric disaster response training.

The training focused on everything from how to shelter children in disasters like a mass shooting situation, to transporting babies in the middle of a wildfire. 

Professionals said the Carr Fire really highlighted the strengths of Mercy Medical Center's pediatric department, but also wanted to focus on what they can do better for the future, especially since treating children can be much more difficult than treating adults, they said. 

"Every child is a complex of at least three people," said Craig Traugott, director of pediatrics for Mercy Medical Center. "[this includes] the physician, the nurse, the patient and the parent. And that's different from the adult world." 

Another issue is trying to get all those elements, including contacting parents or guardians in the middle of a disaster.

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