NSP recruits respond to car crash simulation

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Future Nebraska State Patrol Troopers were put to the test Tuesday as they spent the morning responding to a car crash simulation.

NSP recruit Travis Bacon works with EMTs to help an injured actor victim. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

"It's a realistic training," Trooper J.J. Connelly told Local4 News. "We had real cars rolled over and set up. We had actors from Cairo Emergency Management come out and they're all bloodied up and acting like they're injured. It's as realistic as we can get when it comes to accident investigation."

For many recruits it was their first time being at the scene of an accident like this. For Travis Bacon, he's been there a few times. Bacon is coming in with a law enforcement background, but says trainings like these are good for both him and his fellow recruits to learn about working together.

"I was the first one on scene and when everyone else started getting there, they all had their own duties they were supposed to do when they got there," Bacon said. "They all did an excellent job of coming to me and asking if I needed any other help and they helped doing that stuff along with their extra duties. They all did excellent."

The class knew they were responding to a car accident, but the instructors didn't tell them what to expect.

"We're trying to train these guys that they don't know exactly what they're going to roll up on when they're called to something, especially accidents," Trooper Connelly said. "Accidents are sometimes terrible, terrible events."

Recruits have been in police training for 17 weeks. This last week was about responding to crashes and preparing for Tuesday's event.