Missouri Military Academy cadets are presented with a number of opportunities to serve their community, but on April 5, they contributed in a different way.
27 cadets, many of them members of the MMA Dramateers, were active “victim” participants in the MU School of Medicine Mass Casualty Simulation at the Macon, Mo. Expo Center.
The cadets, under the guidance of CPT Jonathan Griffin, MMA Dramateers Sponsor, and Mrs. Amy Griffin, MMA Dramateers co-sponsor, spent over three hours in a live action simulation of a disaster. Cadets portrayed victims whose injuries were as minor as shock and as serious as life threatening wounds. Some cadets experienced make-up for the first time as well.
“It was a great experience for the Dramateers,” Griffin said. “They were able to see how first responders and other caregivers are trained. Plus, it gave [the cadets] the chance to gain experience and further enhance their own acting abilities. We are glad we were able to get that experience and do some community service as well.”
First responders, fire department volunteers, and other emergency management teams from mid-Missouri took part in the simulation. They were trained in all facets of disaster response, including triage, medical treatment, and conveying information to the public.