ROLE PLAYING EXERCISE LIST

Updated 21 June 2017

Descriptions of the exercises that I’ve participated in and characters that I’ve played. Photos of my role playing are posted under the “Photos – Role Playing” tab.

June 20, 2017 – PHTLS Paramedic Trauma Scenarios
Played a “patient” for final practical scenarios in a PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support) class for paramedics. My roles were (1) a cancer patient on chemo who fell, hit my head, and had a subdural hematoma/brain bleed, (2) criminal who fled from police and crashed my car, and sustained a fractured hip and femur, and (3) young woman with a history of seizures who drank too much, hit my head, sustained a subdural hematoma/brain bleed, and had a grand mal seizure.

June 15, 2017 – PHTLS Paramedic Trauma Scenarios
Played a “patient” for final practical scenarios in a PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support) class for paramedics. My role was a Motocross racer who came off of my bike on top of a jump and fell 15 feet. I had extreme pain, multiple broken ribs, difficulty breathing, and a gash on my arm.

May 12 – 16, May 27 – June 2, 2017 – Rescue Task Force/Tactical medical scenarios
Supported a 12-day series of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Advanced Tactical Medic, Rescue Task Force, and K-9 first aid courses. My roles in practical scenarios included an uninjured but traumatized civilian, gunshot victim, bomb blast victim, hysterical mother demanding help for my injured (deceased) son, armed terrorist, and terrorist suicide bomber.

April 25, 2017 – Citizen’s Police Academy
Citizen’s Police Academy is a 9-session course that gives civilians a look into the world of police work. Discussion topics include crime prevention, search & seizure, use of force, investigations, traffic stops, and equipment and firearms. During the final session, they get to play the role of police officers in several different scenarios. I participated as a role player in multiple “traffic stop” and “report of suspicious person” scenarios. My roles included a drunk driver, a burglar loitering in a parking lot and casing cars to break into, carrying drugs (marijuana and cocaine) and/or weapons (pistol and knife) in multiple scenarios, and a domestic scenario involving a screaming argument with the other role player.

March 25, 2017 – Active shooter/terrorism response exercise
Participated in an active shooter/terrorism response training exercise for a local police department. My roles throughout the day were a hostage at gunpoint, a panicking civilian, an injured gunshot victim, and an armed terrorist.
OPFOR/Hostile: The final scenario of the day involved terrorists attacking a school with guns and explosives, shooting multiple people, taking several hostages, and carrying bombs. The supervisor took advantage of my Islamic terrorism knowledge and had me play one of the hostiles. The officers interrogated me for intel about the situation, and then I got in a shootout with them in a later scenario.

March 18, 2017 – Active shooter/terrorism response exercise
Participated in an active shooter/terrorism response training exercise for a local police department. My roles throughout the day were (1) the school principal, (2) a staff member whose angry and unstable husband showed up at the school with a gun to shoot and kill me, (3) injured gunshot victim who was crying and begging responders to help me, and (4) an armed terrorist.
OPFOR/Hostile: The final scenario of the day involved terrorists attacking a school with guns and explosives, shooting multiple people, taking several hostages, and carrying bombs. The supervisor took advantage of my Islamic terrorism knowledge and had me play one of the hostiles. The officers interrogated me for intel about the situation, and then I got in a shootout with them in a later scenario.

February 12, 2017 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a Boy Scout troop and their leaders. The scenario was a tornado. My injuries were metal rebar impaled in my leg, a large bleeding laceration on my leg, scrapes on my face, and shock from blood loss and pain.

January 4-7, 2017 – Louisiana National Guard exercise
The Louisiana National Guard conducted a 4-day disaster response exercise involving search & rescue, extrication after a structure collapse, medical triage and treatment, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive) response, and HazMat decontamination. I was one of 125 civilian role players in the scenarios. My injury roles were: (1) a large and badly bleeding laceration to my leg, (2) open compound fracture to my leg, (3) facial bruising and a minor concussion, (4) sprained wrist, (5) fractured arm, (6) broken leg with nerve damage, (7) second-degree burns on my arm and hand, (8) sarin gas exposure, (9) radiation burns, and (10) metal rebar impaled in my abdomen. Along with the impalement, I was also clinging to my infant son (uninjured), panicking, and refusing to let the soldiers take him from me.

November 17-20, 2016 – Louisiana National Guard exercise
The Louisiana National Guard conducted a 3-day disaster response exercise involving search & rescue, extrication after a structure collapse, medical triage and treatment, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive) response, and HazMat decontamination. I was one of 100 civilian role players in the scenarios. My injury roles were: (1) second- and third-degree burns to my face and arm, (2) open compound fracture to my arm, (3) compound fracture to my leg, (4) bruising and a minor concussion, and (5) massive, deep, and badly bleeding lacerations to my arm. In 2 scenarios, I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking Arabic.

November 6, 2016 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a Boy Scout troop and their leaders. The scenario was an earthquake. My injuries were bleeding scrapes and lacerations, an open compound fracture to my right arm, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

October 12, 2016 – CERT refresher/skills review practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a nighttime CERT skills review/refresher exercise. My character injury was an eye avulsion (eyeball popped out of socket and dangling down face, from blunt-force trauma), scrapes and bruises, and signs of shock from trauma and pain.

October 2, 2016 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a Boy Scout troop and their leaders. The scenario was an earthquake. My injuries were bleeding scrapes and lacerations, an open compound fracture to my right arm, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

July 21, 2016 – Active Shooter/tactical medical training
Participated in an 8-hour exercise focusing on active shooter response, mass-casualty tactical medical care, IED response, hostage rescue, and dispatch/communications. My character had two gunshots to the leg, and was crying, screaming, and pleading for help from responders. In one scenario, I was taken hostage by a terrorist carrying an IED, and had to wait for rescue.

July 19, 2016 – Active Shooter/tactical medical training
Participated in an 8-hour exercise focusing on active shooter response, mass-casualty tactical medical care, IED response, hostage rescue, and dispatch/communications. My character had two gunshots to the leg, and was crying, screaming, and pleading for help from responders. In one scenario, I was taken hostage by a terrorist carrying an IED, and had to wait for rescue.

June 25, 2016 – CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. The scenario was a tornado. My character injury was an eye avulsion (eyeball popped out of socket and dangling down face, from blunt-force trauma), scrapes and bruises, and signs of shock from trauma and pain.

May 16-20, 2016 – Active Shooter/tactical medical MCI exercise
Participated in 5 days of tactical medical and MCI (mass-casualty incident) response training. 300 local police officers, firefighters, EMT’s, and paramedics from 5 local districts conducted 10 days of training focusing on police tactical response to an active shooter, Incident Command, communication, and mass-casualty triage and medical response. My character was crying, screaming, and pleading with responders.
-Character role 1: Two gunshots (through-and-through, entrance and exit) to my arm, with a spurting arterial bleed.
-Character role 2: Two profusely bleeding gunshots to my leg.
-Character role “1.5” and “2.5”: There were 2 rescue dummies, one deceased with a gunshot to the head, and the other in critical condition with a gunshot to the chest. In multiple scenarios, one of them was my deceased (dummy 1) or dying (dummy 2) husband. I was clinging to the dummy, refusing to leave, telling responders that they couldn’t leave him there, begging them to help him and to not let him die.

May 15, 2016 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a Boy Scout troop and their leaders. The scenario was a severe storm with strong straight-line winds. My injuries were bleeding scrapes and lacerations, an open compound fracture to my right arm, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

April 30, 2016 – CERT refresher/skills review practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a CERT skills review/refresher exercise. My injury was a large, deep, profusely bleeding laceration to my left arm. I also had a baby who was deceased, but I was in shock and unable to comprehend that she was dead. I was carrying her, pleading for responders to treat her wounds and help her.

April 26, 2016 – Active Shooter/Hostage Rescue training
Participated in an 8-hour exercise focusing on active shooter response, hostage rescue, and medical triage and treatment. My character had two gunshots to the leg, and was crying, screaming, and pleading with responding officers. In three other scenarios, my character was taken hostage by an unstable violent man with a shotgun, and had to wait for rescue by police teams.

April 24, 2016 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a Boy Scout troop and their leaders. The scenario was a tornado. My injury was second- and third-degree burns to my left arm. I was crying in pain, clutching my arm, and begging someone to fix it and make it stop hurting. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking Arabic.

April 19, 2016 – Active Shooter/Hostage Rescue training
Participated in an 8-hour exercise focusing on active shooter response, hostage rescue, and medical triage and treatment. My character had two gunshots to the leg, and was crying, screaming, and pleading with responding officers. In three other scenarios, my character was taken hostage by an unstable violent man with a shotgun, and had to wait for rescue by police teams.

April 9, 2016 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a group of high school students and teachers on their campus. The scenario was a tornado. My injury was abdominal trauma and internal bleeding. I was in shock from pain and blood loss, pale, trembling, curled in a fetal position and guarding my abdomen, crying and moaning in pain.

March 9, 2016 – EMS Educational Video Filming
Participated in the filming of an educational training video for EMT’s and paramedics. This one was about oxygen and capnography. In different scenes in the video, I had a nasal cannula, a non-rebreather mask, a BVM bag/mask device, and was intubated with an ET tube and bagged.

February 21, 2016 – Teen CERT class exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This was a class for a group of high school students and teachers on their campus. The scenario was a tornado. My injury was abdominal trauma and internal bleeding. I was in shock from pain and blood loss, pale, trembling, curled in a fetal position and guarding my abdomen, crying and moaning in pain. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking Arabic.

November 21, 2015 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. The scenario was a tornado. My injury was impalement with flying debris, a piece of metal rebar impaled in my left leg, blood loss, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

November 20, 2015 – EMS Educational Video Filming
Participated in the filming of an educational training video for EMT’s and paramedics. This one was about patient safety, and the features of this particular ambulance. My character was strapped to the stretcher, and had paramedics checking my vital signs, starting an IV, attaching monitors, and administering medication.

November 12, 2015 – EMS Educational Video Filming
Participated in the filming of an educational training video for EMT’s and paramedics. This one was about oxygen and breathing support. In different scenes in the video, I had a nasal cannula, a non-rebreather mask, a BVM bag/mask device, and was intubated with an ET tube and bagged.

November 8, 2015 – Large-scale CERT/Teen CERT practical exercise
This was a large event (the largest of its kind, according to FEMA) for over 300 Boy Scout troop members and leaders. We had 65 injured victim role players. My character had second- and third-degree burns, and was in shock from severe pain.

October 24, 2015 – CERT/Teen CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a final simulation exercise for a Boy Scout troop going through CERT and Teen CERT training. My character had second- and third-degree burns to my arm and the side of my face, and was in shock and severe pain. I was also a suspicious person, responsible for trying to set off a bomb and cause a HazMat incident, so they had to correctly handle that by detaining me and notifying authorities. LANGUAGES: I was non-English-speaking, speaking Arabic. I cried in pain about my wounds, tried to convince them that I was innocent and hadn’t done anything, and got in a screaming argument with two other role players whose characters were accusing me (them in English, me in Arabic).

October 15, 2015 – CERT refresher/skills review practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a nighttime CERT skills review/refresher exercise. My injury was impalement with flying debris, a piece of metal rebar impaled in my left leg, blood loss, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

August 23, 2015 – CERT/Teen CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a final simulation exercise for a Boy Scout troop going through CERT and Teen CERT training. My character had second- and third-degree burns to my arm and the side of my face, and was in shock and severe pain. I was also a suspicious person, potentially responsible for trying to commit some sort of HazMat incident (they found me near the HazMat response trailer, with a bottle of chemicals) so they had to correctly handle that by detaining me and notifying authorities. LANGUAGES: I was non-English-speaking, speaking Arabic. I alternated between crying in pain about my wounds, and insisting that I was innocent and hadn’t done anything.

August 21, 2015 – EMS Educational Video Filming
Participated in the filming of an educational training video for EMT’s and paramedics. This one was on the use of C-collars (cervical collars, neck braces) and immobilization after a car accident. My character had minor injuries, neck and back pain, but was able to walk. The responders applied a C-collar to brace my neck, and helped me climb out of the car and walk to the ambulance.

July 21 & 23, 2015 – Active Shooter tactical emergency response exercise
Played the role of an injured gunshot victim in a school shooting response exercise for police, fire, EMS, and school staff.

June 16-17, 23-25, 2015 – Ohio Army National Guard disaster response exercise
The Ohio National Guard HRF (Homeland Response Force) held a 5-day disaster response exercise involving search & rescue, extrication after a structure collapse, medical triage and treatment, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive) response, and HazMat decontamination. I was one of 150 civilian role players involved in the scenarios.
-Day 1: Un-injured “displaced civilian”, frightened and upset. Responsible for adding to chaos by harassing soldiers, asking questions, demanding medical care for the injured people, etc.
-Day 2: Second- and third-degree burns to my arm. I was in extreme pain, and suffering from shock.
-Day 3: Abdominal trauma, ruptured kidney, internal bleeding: My character had a severely bruised abdomen, and was bleeding internally from a ruptured kidney. I was in severe pain, and in shock from blood loss, trauma, and pain.
-Day 4: I was 8 months pregnant, with a badly broken ankle and nerve damage in my foot. I was frightened, asking if my baby was okay, and unable to walk because of my ankle.
-Day 4, part 2: My character went into cardiac arrest and died. My unborn baby was still alive and stable, so the soldiers had to figure out how to keep the baby alive and transport me to the hospital for an emergency delivery.
-Day 5: I had a crushed, mangled, broken hand, and was in shock from pain and blood loss.
-Day 5, part 2: I was a non-English-speaking patient, speaking Arabic. Lots of panicking, crying in pain from my crushed and broken hand, asking what was going on, and begging for pain medication and water. The scenario objective wasn’t marked “complete” until the soldiers successfully figured out what I was saying.

May 17, 2015 – CERT/Teen CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a final simulation exercise for a class of teen and adult CERT students. The scenario was an earthquake. My character injury was an eye avulsion (eyeball popped out of socket and dangling down face, from blunt-force trauma). LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking Arabic.

March 29, 2015 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a final simulation exercise for a class of adult CERT students. The scenario was a severe earthquake. My character injury was a dislocated shoulder and fractured arm. I was hysterical and panicked about my boyfriend (a rescue dummy) who was pinned under a collapsed wall and critically injured.

February 8, 2015 – Teen CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim in a final simulation exercise for a Boy Scout troop going through Teen CERT training. The scenario was a tornado and severe storm. My character had a spinal cord injury from being pinned under large fallen debris, and I was panicked and hysterical since I couldn’t feel my legs. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking Arabic.

November 15, 2014 – Teen CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of high school campus Teen CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. My character had a closed head injury, and was very dazed and confused. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking Arabic.

November 15, 2014 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. My character had a broken arm and a large bleeding gash on my head. My baby daughter (a doll moulaged with minor scrapes and bruises) was missing inside the building, and I was panicking and desperately trying to find her.

October 22, 2014 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. The scenario was a tornado, and my injuries were a large bleeding laceration to my leg, and a skull fracture and closed head injury.

August 20-22, 2014 – Pennsylvania National Guard disaster response exercise
Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s “Homeland Response Force” conducted a training simulation exercise that focused on recon, search & rescue, extrication after a structure collapse, medical triage and treatment, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive) response, and HazMat decontamination. 150 civilian role players participated as injured victims, displaced persons, and a variety of other roles.
Day 1, August 20 – Scenario: Severe storm, collapsed building containing hazardous materials.
My injuries: Fractured left leg, severe bruising and swelling, weak pulse and loss of feeling in my left foot, and chemical contamination.
Day 2, August 21 – Scenario: Terrorist attack. An explosion, building collapse.
My injuries: Abdominal trauma, ruptured spleen, internal bleeding, and chemical contamination.
Day 3, August 22 – Scenario: Terrorist attack. An explosion, building collapse.
My injuries: Penetrating abdominal wound (impalement with metal rebar), massive blood loss, signs of shock, and chemical contamination.

July 19, 2014 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. The scenario was a tornado, and my injuries were second- and third-degree burns on my arms and hands.

July 18, 2014 – Campus CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This class was conducted at a local middle school to provide training for the school district staff and administration members. My injury was impalement with flying debris, a piece of metal rebar impaled in my left leg, blood loss, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

June 12 – 27, 2014 – Army National Guard exercise
Participated in a 15-day exercise with the Army National Guard. The soldiers were training in deployment skills including reconnaisance, cultural awareness and interactions with local civilians, tactical/weapon skills, and combat medical care. I and other role players portrayed the role of Middle-Eastern civilians in a fictional village, running away and hiding when fighting broke out between the soldiers and hostiles, interacting with the soldiers at checkpoints, etc. Twice I played the role of an innocent civilian who had been injured in the crossfire between soldiers and hostiles, wounded by shrapnel from a large explosion. One day, I played the role of a suicide bomber at a checkpoint.

May 4, 2014 – Terrorism Mass-Casualty Exercise
Played the role of an injured victim for a large-scale terrorism MCI response exercise – the largest exercise held in our area since 1998. Over 200 role players, 6 moulage makeup artists, and many responders. The scenario was modeled after the mall terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013, so it involved 2 active shooters, an IED explosion, and a hostage situation. Participants included more than a dozen local hospitals, EMS, fire, police, SWAT, bomb squad, hostage rescue, SEMA, FEMA, FBI, and Homeland Security. My character was a 24-year-old woman who was 5 months pregnant and injured with shrapnel wounds and second- and third-degree burns.

March 1, 2014 – Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of high school campus Teen CERT trainees’ final exercise. My injuries were bleeding scrapes and lacerations, an open compound fracture to my right arm, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking only in Arabic and trying to make myself understood.

January 31, 2014 – Campus CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This class was conducted at a local middle school to provide training for the school district staff and administration members. This was Part 2 of the class, the practical exercise for the second group. Their simulation scenario was a tornado. My character had bleeding scrapes and lacerations, an open compound fracture to my right arm, and signs of shock from blood loss and pain.

January 24, 2014 – Campus CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. This class was conducted at a local middle school to provide training for the school district staff and administration members. Their simulation scenario was a tornado. My character had a piece of metal rebar (flying storm debris) impaled in my left leg, bleeding scrapes and lacerations, and signs of shock from blood loss.

November 23, 2013 – Foreign Language/Cultural Advisor
Portrayed various non-English-speaking characters, in Spanish and Arabic, for medical personnel and police officers to interact with. Instructed them on conversational Arabic phrases, and protocol and techniques for various situations.

November 16, 2013 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. The scenario was an EF-2 tornado with widespread damage and numerous victim injuries. My character was trapped under fallen debris, had an open compound fracture to my left leg, and was displaying signs of shock from blood loss and severe pain.

October 6, 2013 – CERT practical exercise
Played an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final simulation exercise. My character had a broken leg that was trapped under fallen debris, and was panicking about my missing (deceased) 16-year-old brother.

July 17-19, 2013 – Colorado National Guard Disaster Response Exercise
The Colorado National Guard held a three-day practical simulation exercise, focusing on search & rescue, medical triage and treatment, and HazMat decontamination. I and around 40 other people played the roles of “victims” for them to encounter and treat.
Day 1, July 17 – Scenario: Severe storm, collapsed building containing hazardous materials.
My injuries: Chest trauma, trouble breathing, severe bruising to my back, and chemical contamination.
Day 2, July 18 – Scenario: Terrorist attack. An explosion, building collapse, and the release of sarin and mustard gas.
My injuries: Severe lacerations, major blood loss, and chemical contamination.
Day 3, July 19 – Scenario: Terrorist attack. An explosion, building collapse, and the release of sarin and mustard gas.
My injuries: Leg laceration, open compound fracture, and chemical contamination.

June 30, 2013 – CERT/Teen CERT practical exercise
Played the role of an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT and Teen CERT trainees’ disaster response practical exercise. My injuries were second-degree and third-degree electrical burns.

May 29-31, 2013 – EMS Mass Casualty Incident response exercise
300-400 local firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics, and search & rescue personnel from multiple agencies participated in 12 days of disaster response training. The scenario was a mass-casualty incident caused by a severe storm and tornado. The training focused on rescuer safety, hazard identification, search & rescue, triage and medical treatment, patient transport, and communication. Several friends and I volunteered as victim role players for the final three days of the exercise.
Day 1: My character was a woman who was trapped in a pile of debris, 12 weeks pregnant and experiencing severe abdominal pain, and with a broken ankle.
Day 2: I was trapped in a crawl space created by a collapsed wall, with a dislocated shoulder and scrapes and bruises. I was also panicked, wandering around once I had been rescued, yelling my friends’ names and begging responders to help.
Day 3: I had blunt force trauma to my chest, severe pain and trouble breathing from broken ribs and a punctured lung.

April 25, 2013 – Mock Crime Scenes
Assisted an Intro to Criminal Investigations class (for criminology/criminal justice students) with mock crime scenes. I played the role of a deceased victim who had been stabbed to death by a jealous ex-boyfriend.

April 23, 2013 – Citizen’s Police Academy
Played a variety of roles in a simulation for a graduating class of Citizen’s Police Academy students. Various “suspicious person” scenario characters, and drunk driver in a traffic stop.

April 14, 2013 – CERT/Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) practical exercise
Played the role of an injured tornado victim for a graduating class of Community Emergency Response Team trainees’ final practical exercise. My injury was a skull fracture and closed head injury.

March 16, 2013 – CERT practical exercise
Played the role of an injured tornado victim for a graduating class of Community Emergency Response Team trainees’ final practical exercise. My injury was a bruised and swollen broken ankle.

October 17, 2012 – Annual K-9 Search and Rescue Conference
Hid in a variety of different places, in buildings and outdoors, for search and rescue K-9 teams to locate and safely evacuate.

September 15, 2012 – CERT practical
Portrayed an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final exam practical exercise. My injury was a bruised and swollen broken arm. I was a confused, panicked, belligerent victim, searching for my friends and demanding that the team members help us.

July 19, 2012 – USAR Search and Rescue
Urban Search & Rescue Task Force ‘Strike Team 1’, made up of local paramedics, nurses, and physicians, completed the TEEX US&R Disaster Medical Specialist training course. I participated as a trapped and injured victim for them to locate, evacuate, and evaluate and treat. I was trapped in a pile of concrete and rubble, and my injuries were a compound fracture and jagged open wound on my right arm, and a spinal cord injury.

July 12, 2012 – Military Air Show Mass Casualty Exercise
Played the role of a severely injured victim in an “air-show plane crash and fire” mass casualty drill at a local military base. My character had severe burns and shrapnel wounds.

June 28, 2012 – Biological Terrorism
Played the role of a victim in a biological terrorism attack.

June 16, 2012 – CERT practical
Portrayed an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final exam practical exercise. My injuries: Scrapes and bruises, a black eye, and chest trauma with broken ribs and a punctured lung. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking only in Arabic (short, simple phrases) and trying to make myself understood.

May 5, 2012 – EMT practical
Participated as a “victim” for a class of EMT students going through a practical exercise for their NREMT national registry certification exam. Played the role of a stabbing victim with a deep slash wound to my abdomen, a lacerated liver, internal bleeding, and shock.

April 24, 2012 – Citizen’s Police Academy
Played a variety of roles in a simulation for a graduating class of Citizen’s Police Academy students. “Suspicious person” (loitering in a parking lot after dark, peering into the windows of parked cars), and drunk driver in a traffic stop.

February 15, 2012 – CERT practical
Played the role of an injured victim for a graduating class of CERT trainees’ final practical exercise. My injuries: Large bleeding laceration on my forehead, scrapes on my arms and hands, and a spinal cord injury (paralysis from the waist down) from being trapped under falling debris.

October 15, 2011 – CERT practical
Played the role of an injured victim in an earthquake for a CERT disaster response practical exercise. My injuries were a basal skull fracture/closed head injury, and a large gash on my leg.

July 26, 2011 – Police/SWAT Active Shooter Tactical Medical exercise
Played the role of a gunshot victim for a tactical medical exercise in a school-shooting training scenario.

April 2, 2011 – CERT practical
Played the role of an injured victim in an earthquake for a CERT disaster response practical exercise. My injuries were a basal skull fracture/closed head injury, and a large gash on my leg.

March 5, 2011 – EMS exercise
I played a variety of roles for EMT’s and paramedics to assess and treat: A paranoid psychiatric patient, car accident victim, stab wound, and gunshot wound.

October 9, 2010 – CERT practical
Played the role of an injured victim in an earthquake (dislocated knee and closed head injury/basal skull fracture) for a CERT disaster response practical exercise.

October 17, 2009 – CERT practical
Played the role of an injured tornado victim for a graduating class of Community Emergency Response Team trainees’ final practical exercise. My injury was a closed head injury/basal skull fracture. LANGUAGES: I was a non-English-speaking victim, speaking only in Arabic (short, simple phrases) and trying to make myself understood.

July 27, 2009 – Active Shooter police exercise
Portrayed a gunshot victim in a school-shooting tactical response exercise.

May 12, 2009 – Drunk Driving mock crash exercise
Played the role of an injured victim in a car crash caused by drunk driving. My character sustained severe internal injuries and a major head injury, and I died from my wounds.

August 2, 2008 – Active Shooter police exercise
Portrayed a panicked and injured victim in a school-shooting tactical response exercise.

June 1, 2007 – Active Shooter police exercise
Portrayed a panicked and injured victim and a hostage in a school-shooting tactical response exercise for local law enforcement.

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