MEMS training for future emergencies

VILONIA, AR – When it comes to search and rescue training, there’s no better place in Arkansas than here in Faulkner county, just outside of Vilonia. When tornados killed five people on Vilonia in April, the MEMS Special Operations Response team saved lives.

Now, their training is twofold: First, there’s chainsaw practice. Second: search and rescue practice.

“You’ll call for rescue and then they’ll come out with their saws and start helping you get further access,” Captain Dean Douglas said.

First paramedics call for help, then the chainsaws come in. Once the team can get to the injured person. After they’ve given him as much medical attention as they can, it’s time to move.

“our guys work on an ambulance most of the time. Not all the time but most of the time,” Captain Douglas said. “They don’t get a chance that often to get out here with chainsaws and cut down trees.”

And that’s why this training is so important. The next time medics have this view, they could be looking at a real person.

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