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Paramedic students participate in night ops exercise

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SMIITHFIELD — The Johnston Community College emergency medical services education program recently ran an all-night training exercise, Night Ops, for the college’s paramedic interns.

During the exercise, 21 interns divided into crews responded to nine real-world scenarios at locations on and off campus.

Scenarios included a police officer being shot, a child accidentally taking his grandmother’s medicine, multiple patients overdosed in a drug house, a patient in the sleeper cab of a tractor-trailer having a cardiac event and a suicide victim.

Mick Stewart, department chair of emergency services at JCC, said the training was great experience for paramedic students.

“Our paramedic interns do most of their training during daylight hours, so this was an opportunity to challenge their mental, physical and emotional capabilities in an unfamiliar setting,” said Stewart.

JCC partnered with Johnston County EMS, Durham County EMS, Wake and Eastern Wake EMS, Jan-Care Ambulance, Communications International and others who provided ambulances, equipment, two-way radios, simulation mannequins and close to 100 evaluators, actors and volunteers to help run the exercise.

JCC offers an associate degree in emergency medical science, a certificate paramedic program and many EMS continuing education opportunities. Learn more at