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Students put rescue skills to the test in mock disaster

Throughout the week, they learned about first aid, search and rescue, how to help victims and identify injuries. Throughout the week, they learned about first aid, search and rescue, how to help victims and identify injuries.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Dozens of sixth graders learned first-hand how to deal with disasters Friday night.

A mock disaster was held at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. It was part of the Be Ready Camp. Throughout the week, they learned about first aid, search and rescue, how to help victims and identify injuries. Friday night, they put what they learned to the test.

The students were divided into various teams, including medical and search and rescue. Organizers said this type of training for young people is important.

"When a disaster hits just like the tornadoes in 2011, they don't run around and have no idea what to do," said James Bailey of the Be Ready Camp. "After this week at Be Ready Camp, they're going to be prepared so next time there is a disaster such as that, they're going to be able to step up, and take leadership, and help others in the community."

The mock disaster marked the end of Be Ready Camp. A graduation ceremony will be held for the students Saturday.

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