Students gain experience in crisis and disaster management

Published: 10 January 2015 at 09:24

Students from our BSc Crime and Investigative Studies and BSc Forensic Science courses recently visited the world's leading crisis management services company.

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At Kenyon International Emergency Services in Bracknell, our our students heard about real-life experience of handling mass disasters and saw examples and demonstrations. They learned about the complexity of different types of disaster operations from a variety of viewpoints, including expert practitioners dealing with the human remains to those dealing with the victims' families and role of the public services.

Practical session scenarios included disaster response including search and recovery, logging of personal effects, completion of Interpol Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) forms for collection of ante mortem and post-mortem information, and other specialist roles such as odontologists, pathologists, coroners, anatomical pathology technologist (APTs) and Anthropologists.

Kerry-Ann Milic, Lecturer in Forensic Biology, said:

"Experiences like this provide our students with a myriad of skills essential for postgraduate employment, such as problem solving, using initiative, working under pressure, teamwork, communication, and the ability to learn and adapt when given new information.

"The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would like to pass on their thanks to VP of Operations Robert Rowntree and the staff at Kenyon for allowing them to visit and for taking time out of their busy schedules in order to accommodate them."

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