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Lessons 1: What’s Your Response?

Imagine that an accident occurs and you’re responsible for sending out the appropriate emergency vehicles to take care of the injured and to secure the area. Fire fighters, crowd control, chemical spill clean-up, ambulance crews, and electric company workers are just a few of the emergency responders available. Do you have what it takes to be the leader in an emergency situation?

Doing the science

  1. Start the Emergency Response Simulation by clicking on the "Sim" tab.
  2. Review the opening 911 call. Once the simulation starts, it runs to completion unless you close the simulation.
  3. Use the screen controls to respond to the call. Write down your actions and the time you sent commands in Table 1. At the end of the simulation, you will receive an Emergency Responder Rating. Record this value in Table 1.

Table 1.




Your Emergency Responder Rating:

Do You Understand?

  1. Describe the biggest problem you faced in responding to the emergency situation. How could this problem be reduced or eliminated?