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Great Bend High School student Walter Helms begins treating a burn patient who sustained second- and third-degree burns and inhaled smoke at the Midwest Energy Utility and Pipeline Training Center on the Barton Community College campus.

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Great Bend High School student Walter Helms said his goal was to remain calm and perform his job in a pressure situation.
Students in nursing, law enforcement, EMS training and lab technicians learned valuable lessons in simulated exercises that portrayed authenic life-and-death situations Saturday at Barton Community College.  More than 200 people participated as students, teachers, mentors and volunteers.
Saturday’s exercise meant learning exactly what emergency medical technicians do. EMTs are specifically trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes. Dozens of mentors provided feedback.
“The hands-on experience is really critical,” Helms ...

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