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Thousands of first responders in rural Nebraska towns get high-tech training

January 27, 2019

OMAHA - Four huge mobile simulators are being used to train first responders across rural Nebraska, and after a year and a half, the program has reached a landmark.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Simulation in Motion-Nebraska program conducted its 250th free training session last week. Dr. Paul Paulman, an assistant dean at UNMC, helped to launch the project.

“The Simulation in Motion-Nebraska team allowed us to reach this training milestone,” Paulman says. “Because of the work of this team, the people of Nebraska are safer.”

Since the program was launched in June of 2017, it’s been used to train 4,700 health care professionals in 87 of Nebraska’s 93 counties.

Paulman says, “Nebraskans are safer because their first responders have an opportunity to train as a team with the latest in technology in their home environment and communities.”

There are four of the 44-foot-long customized trucks, stationed in Scottsbluff, Norfolk, Kearney and Lincoln. Paulman says they supply mobile, real-life experiences designed to enhance lifesaving skills for those in rural areas.

“The benefit to the rural community first responders is they don’t have to leave their homes and occupations to go to a distant site to train,” Paulman says. “They can also train with their own equipment. They can train with their team in place and it’s free to the first responders.”

The customized trucks feature a simulated emergency room and an ambulance, as well as high-tech, computerized patient simulators that talk, breathe, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions.

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