On April 28, 2017, over 60 students and staff from Junction City High School took part in a joint training exercise involving Geary County Emergency Management, Junction City Fire and EMS, Junction City Police Department, Geary Community Hospital, Geary County Health Department, and Pawnee Mental Health. This exercise began with a school-wide tornado drill followed by a section of students exiting the building and walking through a simulated anhydrous ammonia leak. The students were then washed down by Junction City Fire Department, something that would be done if a real chemical exposure happened. After being doused, students boarded a bus and were transported to Geary Community Hospital where they simulated a decontamination process and triage.
“Last year, we did a smaller version of this, we had a crime scene in the classroom… We thought that it would be fun to do a drill in conjunction with the community emergency personnel, to have a drill for our students so that they can get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to go through an emergency situation. We thought this would be a great opportunity for our kids.” – Nancy Dettmer, JCHS Faculty.
This opportunity bolsters the career academy experience at JCHS for several academies including students interested in becoming police, fire, medical, and dispatchers after they finish high school. Media and Video Production, as well as Journalism students, were also busy covering the exercise from a media perspective.
“Hopefully, it’s going to help them make an informed decision on what they are going to do when they leave [JCHS].” – Nancy Dettmer, JCHS Faculty.
This inside look into careers in emergency services also offered public safety students the chance to process a simulated fatality car crash. Organizers placed a vehicle on its top and officers with JCPD taught students how to properly document the scene.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Corbin Witt told reporters covering the exercise that he hoped to see this type of experience continue at Junction City High School in the future because of the value it adds to the students as well as local emergency services agencies.
A press release was issued prior to this event for more information on this training exercise.