Disaster Day Training is a day where dozens of medical students from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine learned hands on training to know what to do if and when a mass casualty happens.

It took place at the Washington Township Administrative Offices and Training Center on Saturday. 

Smoke billowing outside of a firefighter training facility gives the students an opportunity to learn how to take care of patients if they are involved in a bombing.

Evan Springer is a First year medical student and explains, “We’re simulating a couple disaster scenarios. We’re going to have a mass shooting incident and a bombing incident. We’re learning how to respond in those situations best.”

Springer plans on going into emergency medicine. He made the decision years ago to follow in his fathers footsteps.

“I always thought it was really cool to see him help patients, so it’s kind of always been in the back of my head. I think there’s no better thing that I can do personally with my life then to use the knowledge I have to give back to people,” said Springer.

Saturday’s training for 60 medical students is crucial for moving forward in the medical field.

Brad Gable is the System Medical Director for OhioHealth Simulation.

“When they’re in the hospital in a couple years they’ll have an opportunity to know what is being done before victims get to them so they have an understanding of what’s been done and what they need to do,” said Gable.

Along with Springer, second year medical student Robert Young is grateful for this kind of hands on experience.

“Be prepared for anything you never know what can happen. I get excited about any opportunity to not be in a classroom. You know, you’re in med school, you’ve been in a classroom so long, anything to get hands on experience is just the best thing ever,” said Young.

The students still have years before they become physicians, however the training that they learn today will help them for years to come in their career.