It's an even more realistic approach to saving lives. Chipola College now has new technology that will take paramedic training to the next level.
Today's scenario was a 55 year old man collapses at a wedding, and the paramedic interns have to resuscitate that man inside the college's new ambulance simulator.
The simulator replicates the box of an ambulance with all the equipment inside . Before, students were working in open space. With this new technology, they can get a feel for the tight quarters and organization of the vehicles used in real life.
The equipment was purchased with a 75 thousand dollar grant from the US Department of Labor. With four cameras recording inside the ambulance, the instructors can watch and critique the students from another location.
This new technology, along with the human patient simulator that breaths, bleeds and talks like a real patient, the students say this makes the training as real as possible.
"It's more real. It's very tight quarters like it is when we're at work," says Travis Cook, one of the paramedic interns at the college. "So if somebody has to move around, it's going to have to be a group effort to get around the stretcher. If somebody needs to reach something, it's reaching over each other like it is in a real life scenario."
The main purpose of the program, Chipola College officials say, is to have these students trained for a career in healthcare within two years.