Washington County Mobile Training Unit
High Fidelity Mobile Training Unit: On Monday, March 5, 2012, a brand new state-of-the art training simulation vehicle made its first public appearance at Hillsboro Fire Station #6. This is a collaborative project among Portland Community College (PCC), Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), and Washington County EMS. For all the details, read this article from the Hillsboro Argus.
The Washington County Mobile Training Unit is a result of collaborative efforts between Portland Community College (PCC), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), and Washington County Emergency Medical Services.
The idea to develop a mobile training vehicle originated in a strategic planning session in 2007. To make it a reality would require a unique collaboration among partners who brought their expertise and resources to the table. In 2009 Washington County EMS established those partnerships with PCC, OHSU, and OIT.
The state-of-the-art high fidelity mobile training unit provides hands on training for EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and EMT students. All of the partner organizations have access to the vehicle, and its resources, to conduct training.
This unique partnership of local government, higher education, healthcare and EMS agencies provides the participating organizations the opportunity to gain access to training and resources they could not have justified on their own.
Using sophisticated high-fidelity equipment on board, it is now possible to provide advanced simulation training throughout the County. By using manikins designed to produce lifelike functions such as sweat, bleed, breathe and talk, a trainer enters computerized commands as the scenario unfolds. In comparison to the classroom experience, training conducted using this high-fidelity simulation unit provides a whole new dimension, allowing students a more life-like experience.
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