Paramedic Students Participate in Night Ops Exercise

From left to right, Johnston Community College paramedic interns Tyler McRorie, Torin Laffredo and Christopher Reason load a simulated patient into the ambulance during their Night Ops Exercise.

Event simulated real-world emergency training for students

The Johnston Community College Emergency Medical Services Education program ran an all-night training exercise, Night Ops, recently for the college’s paramedic interns.

During the exercise, 21 interns divided into crews responded to nine different real-world scenarios at locations on and off campus.

Scenarios included a police officer being shot, a child accidently taking his grandmother’s medicine, multiple patients overdosed in a drug house, a patient in the sleeper of a tractor trailer having a cardiac event, a suicide victim, and others.

Mick Stewart, department chair of emergency services at JCC, said the training was great experience for paramedic students.

“Our paramedic interns do most of their training during daylight hours, so this was an opportunity to challenge their mental, physical, and emotional capabilities in an unfamiliar setting,” Stewart said.

JCC partnered with Johnston County EMS, Durham County EMS, Wake and Eastern Wake EMS, Jan-Care Ambulance, Communications International and others who provided ambulances, equipment, two-way radios, simulation mannequins, and close to 100 evaluators, actors and volunteers to help run the exercise.

JCC offers an associate degree in emergency medical science, a certificate paramedic program, and many EMS continuing education opportunities. Learn more at