Paramedic students from LaGuardia Community College trained side-by-side with emergency service professionals from the MTA Long Island Rail Road on June 14 at a mock mass casualty drill staged at the LIRR’s Long Island City yard.
The drill started with an 8 a.m. class. Among the key points discussed were the importance of staying in communication with the LIRR train crews and the control center at Jamaica Station and reviewing LIRR property and equipment and potential third-rail hazards.
Then they moved to the rail yard, where students faced mock mass casualties involving multiple victims of a train collision suffering a range of injuries.
“The most common feedback from the participants was that they underestimated how challenging it was to gain access to the train and victims and control the large amount of injured, initially with limited resources,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Alfred Loiacono of LIRR Corporate Safety & Training.