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Special to Franklin County Free Press

MONT ALTO — Penn State Mont Alto will hold its annual trauma-scenario training exercise for forest technology and nursing students from 8 a.m. to noon on April 18, 2019 at the campus.

During the event, students will collaborate with multiple agencies to rescue two injured foresters who have been in a tree harvesting accident.

One will be a mobile, high-fidelity human simulation patient named i-Stan. Both will be treated for their injuries by forestry and nursing students.

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Forestry students will report the incident and provide first aid.

Nursing students and local emergency response will rescue the “victims” and provide additional treatment in preparation to airlift the patients to a medical facility.

“This integrated, hands-on simulation exercise enhances the education of all involved,” said Carranda Barkdoll, Penn State Mont Alto Nursing program campus coordinator. “It allows forestry students to practice their field first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills.”

She said the exercise gives nursing students the opportunity to strengthen their teamwork skills.

All participants gain experience in mountain terrain rescue, fire and EMS (emergency medical services) collaboration, air-medical transport protocol, and in working with local and federal government agencies.

The following organizations will assist in the exercise:

  • The AirMethods Maryland LifeNet 81 medevac helicopter
  • Franklin County EMA/911
  • Medic 2-Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support Unit
  • Rescue Hose Fire and EMS Co.
  • South Mountain EMS
  • Waynesboro Hospital.

For more information, contact Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing at 717-749-6112 or

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