Oroville, Calif.—Today Butte College students rushed to help victims of a multi-casualty incident but is was not the real thing.
About 100 fire cadets, nurses and paramedic students took part in this training at the public safety training grounds.
Organizers said the main goal was to make sure these students are ready to respond to emergency situations on their first day of the job.
In this situation, it's 11:00 a.m. they’re responding to two cars and a school bus that just crashed with several people injured. It's just one of many emergencies these future first responders may find themselves having to deal with.
"We want to make sure that we are preparing our cadets and our students as best as possible so we're running these to be as real life as possible," said Steve Harrington, supervisor of the Butte College Fire Academy.
This is just a drill, with actors wearing blood, screaming, and in some cases even refusing help. "The more serious our victims are, the more serious the cadets and students have to be in order to understand that we're trying to put them in a stressful environment," Harrington said.
It's an environment that for first responders is just another day on the job, and something these future firefighters, paramedics and nurses need to see firsthand.
"There's been so many mass casualty incidents in the news lately that it's nice for them to have an understanding what would be their role as a staff nurse because their role, they would be coming into play because there's too many nurses for just the emergency room nurses to take care of," said Linda Gomes, coordinator of the simulation.
"This is a golden opportunity to learn, you know. Nothing can really prepare you do the real thing but practice makes perfect," said Curtis Mendonza, an aspiring nurse.
Diego Rodriguez is a second year student at Butte College studying to be a paramedic and said this training brings him one step closer to fulfilling his goal. "I want to help people, you know, and there's no better way especially at the worst day of their lives, you know, to be there for them," he said.
Those same students went on to participate in a high-rise fire simulation where they worked to help people trapped in a four-story commercial structure that was on fire.