TOWN OF SHELBY, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Responding to an accident in a rural setting comes with its own set of challenges.
In a drill hosted by the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine Saturday, students got to observe first-hand what first responders go through.
Challenges that come with farm accidents can span from the time it takes to arrive at an emergency site, to handling machinery.
"How to extricate someone from a rolled over tractor is not something that you get in an every day emergency situation," Emily Ramharter said.
Ramharter is in her fourth year at WARM. Saturday, she helped manage a disaster drill where a tractor rolled over a farmer. She provided vitals and additional medical information to first responders from the Shelby, Coon Valley and Stoddard Bergen Fire Departments, Tri-State Ambulance, and MedLink Air.
"Kinda by the seat of your pant you have to put it all together," said Jarod Benson, a firefighter/EMT from the Stoddard Bergen Fire Department.
"You're probably not going to have that call that you trained on, so it's different variations," Benson said. "Find out different ways of doing different tasks."
In eight years, Benson has only responded to a few disaster calls. He said drills like these teach communication between different agencies.
"It's a great way to practice with plastic," Ramharter said. A skill she said is helpful for professionals and students.
WARM ran two other drills Saturday. One involved a machine amputating a man's arm. The other involved a tree falling on top of a person.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reports there's currently a shortage of rural physicians.
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