TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana State University partnered with several area organizations to teach students a valuable lesson.
Nursing students and faculty underwent an exercise Friday to help keep cool under pressure.
A shooter tears through a building, not caring who stands in her way.
Injured people litter the second and third floors of Indiana State University's (ISU) former College of Business.
But this isn't a real scenario, it's a simulation.
ISU put on a mass casualty, active shooter exercise.
This is to show nursing and paramedic students how to handle themselves in case they ever need to triage victims.
"Explaining to them when you have mass casualty or mass incidents, you have to be able to decide what are our priorities, what patients need attention immediately, what patients don't," Chief Jeff Fox, Riley Fire Department.
Chief Fox said they're used to being taught in a clinical, controlled setting.
"And in this real-life setting, all that goes out the window. There's not enough people, there's too many patients, there's not enough equipment."
"You can't mimic everything you would see in a real-life mass casualty disaster or a shooter scenario. That's fortunate. But we try to get it as close as we possibly can. To meld that so the students can see it and they can try to stay calm in this situation when it actually does occur," Jack Jaeger, director of RHIC Simulation Center.
The situation was mass confusion to an outsider.
But to the students being trained, there was a method to the madness.
"This is chaos. That's going to be real-life and that is part of it. Being able to experience the idea that you have to be focused on what you're doing. What you hope is, we call this organized chaos," said Chief Fox.
ISU police, the Wabash Valley Red Cross and Indiana Homeland Security task force were at the simulation to help out.
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