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Firefighters, police and medical students respond to bus crash in Ivins, but it was only practice

April 4, 2024
Rocky Vista University News Room

Firefighters, police and medical students respond to bus crash in Ivins, but it was only practice (St George News)

[Written by Chris Reed from St George News, April 2, 2024]

IVINS — Firefighters and police officers from Santa Clara-Ivins and Dammeron Valley, an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter and several emergency medical first responders scrambled to help the victims of a bus crash in Ivins.

But it was only a simulation.

This was the fourth time Rocky Vista University held its annual mass casualty incident preparedness event, providing medical students and local emergency first responders a chance to simulate a mass casualty incident. 

Last year, the simulation was of a bombing. This time, on March 23, the mock incident featured something commonly found on St. George News: a multi-vehicle crash. 

“Individual training and preparation complemented by group practice are the keys to being effective care workers when faced with such chaos and tragedy,” Andrew Nigh, assistant professor of surgery at Rocky Vista, said. 

A big difference this time is the Rocky Vista students were also joined by international students from Utah Tech University and students from Dixie Technology College’s EMT program. 

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