EMS program students practice with local SWAT team members.
EMS students had the chance to practice their work alongside some local heroes recently.
Last month, students in the Emergency Medical Services program participated in a crisis scene practice exercise with members of the Irving SWAT team.
During each exercise, a "body" was discovered, and the SWAT team had to assess the victim’s conditions and administer treatment. Then, the EMS students stepped in.
The students took over treatment and moved the victim into the ambulance simulator, located in Building X.
David Dunafan, an EMS professor who also serves as an Irving firefighter and paramedic, said he brought the two groups together to give them hands-on practice in a real-world scenario.
The Irving SWAT medical team was on call for the Super Bowl Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington; this exercise was part of the team’s readiness requirement.