The Plymouth High School Health Science 1 morning class, led by Health Science Instructor Dana Bush, RN, BSN, recently took a field trip to Saint Joseph Health System in Plymouth to participate in a HAZMAT drill. The students played the victims and helped the staff at the Plymouth Medical Center prepare if the day ever comes that a HAZMAT emergency might arise. HAZMAT is an abbreviation for “hazardous materials”—substances in quantities or forms that may pose a reasonable risk to health, property, or the environment. According to noaa.gov HAZMATs include such substances as toxic chemicals, fuels, nuclear waste products, and biological, chemical, and radiological agents. HAZMATs may be released as liquids, solids, gases, or a combination or form of all three, including dust, fumes, gas, vapor, mist, and smoke.
As victims, the PHS Health Science students were each given symptoms to act out based on the exposure. Mrs. Bush said, “It was a very educational day for both our students and their staff. We hope to see more community collaboration with our Health Science program in the future!”
The Health Science program is part of the North Central Area Vocational Cooperative (NCAVC) which consists of ten nearby school corporations. These ten schools, along with local businesses and industry, as well as area colleges, have created career and technical education (CTE) training opportunities for high school students in our area. Plymouth High School is proud to have the Health Science program housed at PHS.
For more information on the program visit www.ncavc.info/.
Left to Right:
Dana Bush, Fatima Ramirez, Abby Morton, Ana Aguilar, Amani Gonzalez, Raygen Smith, Ann Anders, Addison Shireman, Brooke Singleton, Ella Hissong, Jenna Abberger, Matt Butler, Thomas Goze, Connor Wieczorek