Calamityville prepares medics for ‘worst day’


The National Center for Medical Readiness at Calamityville became fully operational this week with the launch of the site’s first training course and first technical training zone.

About 20 U.S. Air Force medics and civilian paramedics participated in the inaugural three-day course, which on Friday required a number of them to wade through waist-high water to rescue trapped passengers drowning in a rolled-over, submerged armored vehicle.

“Our vision here for training is preparing the health care professional for their worst day,” said James Gruenberg, Calamityville’s deputy director.

Calamityville is a 54-acre site operated by Wright State University at the former CEMEX plant at 506 E. Xenia Ave. for the training of military and civilian medical personnel in disaster response.


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