A Disaster for High School Guidance Counselors

Submitted on November 06, 2009 at 12:54 PM

High school guidance counselors from across the area had a disaster on their hands, or at least a disaster simulation. Volunteer State Community College showed the counselors a bit of what students learn in Allied Health classes at Vol State. Fire trucks rumbled in, lights flashing and sirens whooping. Patients were laid out in the grass on the Vol State campus for the drill. One young lady appeared to have suffered from a broken leg and another fellow cradled a busted arm, blood rolling down his forehead.

Twenty-three high school counselors attended the Annual Counselors Luncheon. Each year the Vol State Office of Admissions puts together an engaging event to show off academic programs at the College.

"The goal is for the counselors to learn something about what we do at the college," said Tim Amyx, Director of Admissions and College Registrar. "But we also want them to learn something for themselves."

The Gallatin Fire Department, Sumner County EMS, Nashville Fire Department and Vanderbilt Lifeflight out of Lebanon teamed up with Vol State for the simulation. The counselors had a chance to put on the heavy fire turnout gear, and breathe with an air tank. They helped splint a leg and bandage a head. Many of the counselors had smiles on their faces as they got to live out a childhood dream or two.

The finale was a landing by the Vanderbilt Lifeflight helicopter. It touched down in the field behind the college and the crew showed off equipment inside the chopper.

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