First-year medical residents learn from firefighters

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

After four years of medical school, the first-year medical residents from WellSpan York Hospital traded their scrubs for turnout gear as they got firsthand experience in vehicle rescue and mass casualty incidents at the York County Fire School.

Nineteen residents literally stepped into firefighters' boots to break glass and use power tools including the Jaws of Life to tear apart a car in a simulated vehicle rescue.

First-year medical residents from WellSpan York Hospital take part in vehicle extrication training at the York County Fire School, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo


"I think it's good both for the EMS agencies involved because I think they feel like they get a little more empathy from our end when the residents are dealing with the patients as they come in," said Dr. Thomas Yeich, emergency physician and coordinator of EMS Day.  

After removing the windows, doors and roof of the vehicle, the residents moved on to learning about mass casualty incidents. Yeich said the training is beneficial for the residents and the emergency personnel.

"It leads to good interaction and a mutual understanding," Yeich said.