Gardaí planning major emergency simulation exercise with UCC

Gardaí planning major emergency simulation exercise with UCC
A simulated emergency department of a hospital will be used for the training exercise.

Gardaíin Cork and University College Cork are joining forces to simulate a critical incident exercise at the college this month.

The ASSERT Centre at UCC is a state-of-the-art world-class simulation centre where education, training, research and innovation take place.

The theme of the emergency incident is training for the unexpected and the exercise will take place within a simulated hospital emergency department.

Members of the Gardaí will be taking part in the simulated incident which is to be a skill enhancing exercise. The simulation will take place on Friday, March 29.

The exercise will be demanding as the Gardai will have to maintain order and public safety of more than 15 patients and staff involving threating behaviour, intoxication, illness and injury within a busy simulated Emergency department in parallel to dealing with an escalating major critical incident.

Simulation-based training in health care is thought to lead to improved knowledge-in-action, procedure performance, critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving in dynamic fluctuating environments, leadership, effective communication, collaboration and teamwork.

These skills sets are equally applicable for successful performance across other safety-critical organisations and industry, including first response agencies such as police, firefighters, paramedics, army, navy, civil defence and other rescuer services on land, sea and air.

Sergeant Peter Murphy said collaborating with the ASSERT Centre UCC is very important for An Garda Síochána.

“The development of new and innovative training platform possibilities is a key action in increasing and strengthening the operational capabilities and capacities of the organisation.

“The opportunity to work closely alongside the dynamic team at ASSERT Centre UCC provides a unique insight into the world of immersive simulation training and the ability to focus on specific learning outcomes.” 

Director of Research & Education at the ASSERT Centre Pat Henn said he was delighted with the collaboration and said it would showcase their superb facility.

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