PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York Hope Disaster Simulation exercise was held in Painted Post on Saturday.
For the second straight year, college students are able to respond to a simulated plane crash and learn how to help crash victims.
Four teams rotate through stages, including the plane crash, field hospital, wilderness search and rescue and the emergency operations center.
All to help them learn how to react when stressful situations arise in the future.
"Students come to this exercise at 7AM on Friday morning and they are here in this exercise twenty-four seven pretty much until noon on Sunday," said NY Hope exercise director, Debby Woglom. "We simulate a plane crash, how they would respond at the scene, how they would transfer to a field hospital, do wilderness search and rescue and a little piece that we're going to throw in tonight is we're going to evacuate them out of here, they're going to have to setup a shelter in the Gainsville Fire Department."
The program is completely volunteer run with donations from the community.
It's open to any students who are interested or taking classes for nursing, emergency management, first response or humanitarian response.