Hands-on learning: Boréal students take part in mock crisis

Hands-on learning: Boréal students take part in mock crisis

Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Sudbury – Collège Boréal

Collège Boréal held a mock disaster training exercise at its main campus earlier today in partnership with Emergency Services representatives from the City of Greater Sudbury.

The biannual event allows Paramedic student and Police Foundations students to put their knowledge into practice and test their skills in the context of a staged emergency. Students from four area high schools enrolled in the Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major program also took part in the simulation. In total, approximately one hundred participants were on site.

This year, the event took place in Collège Boréal’s welding lab. Paramedic students were put to the test as they responded to the scene, took part in patient triage, and assisted in crisis management. Police Foundations students were required to manage the crowd and take witness statements. The students’ ability to work under pressure and communicate effectively was assessed as part of the exercise.

A debriefing session following the mock disaster allowed participants to discuss the accident and emergency response techniques. The recap also allowed students to work through emotional issues potentially triggered by traumatic events.


“Collège Boréal students can only benefit from practical learning experiences offered in a controlled setting. Thanks to this mock exercise, our students will be better prepared to face similar situations while on the job.”

Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

“For our students, this is an additional opportunity to gain practical training through an enriching and invaluable exercise. I would like to thank our staff members who organized the event, our community partners who were eager to take part as well as all those who contributed to its overall success.”

Lyne Michaud, Vice-President Academics, Collège Boréal

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services in 36 access centres and campuses in 25 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!

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Josée Campeau-Rousselle
Manager of Communications and Media Relations
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