Students Take Charge at Disaster Drill
INDIO- A fake bomb threat at JFK Memorial Hospital threw local 5th graders right into disaster training. Video by kmir6.comvideo
INDIO- A fake bomb threat at JFK Memorial Hospital threw local 5th graders right into disaster training.
One hundred and fifty students from Dr. Carreon Academy in Indio played key parts during the emergency drill.
"I got to be a PIO and talk about the disaster and tell parents where the kids are," said 5th grader, David Delgado.
The Dr. Carreon Foundation teamed up with the hospital and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership to motivate students to pursue careers in healthcare.
"We have such a physician shortage crisis in our community. One doctor per 9,000 residents is unacceptable when the medical recommendation is one to 2000 and these children are our solution and we need to make sure they achieve their goals and come back and serve in their community," said Dr. Raul Ruiz, a board member of the Dr. Carreon Foundation.
This is the second annual disaster drill with the Dr. Carreon school.
"I have never experienced this before, people talking to me about their careers, that's really special to me," said Jesus Montoya.
At the end of the day students learned what flight nurses do, while flight nurses practice for a real emergency.
Sergio Cardenas says he hopes the event motivates students to "get a spark and shoot for the stars."
Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.