By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This week is Emergency Medical Services week and Wednesday is EMS day. Local medical residents got a firsthand look Wednesday at what firefighters and EMS personnel go through.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Woman Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Chaotic Driver In Center City, Others Injured In Second Hit-And-Run
As part of the second annual ‘Day of EMS,’ medical residents joined forces with firefighters and EMS crews at the Philadelphia Fire Academy.
Dan Minczak, EMS Division Chief at Drexel College of Medicine, says it helps doctors understand firsthand what firefighters go through.
“The fire department is going to set up a simulation and actually set a room on fire. The physicians are going to be in there in protective apparatus,” Minczak explained.READ MORE: President Biden To Visit Lehigh County On Wednesday, Visit Mack Trucks In Lower Macungie
Xandus Chen is a first year resident with Aria Health.
Kuznits: “You just came out of a burning building!”
Chen: “It is a lot harder than I could ever imagine.”
“There’s physiological stresses, there’s psychological stresses,” Minczak said.
“It’s a little scary, especially at the end when they put the fire out and it’s just smoke and all you could see is smoke and you couldn’t see anybody else,” Chen explained.MORE NEWS: CDC's New Mask Guidance In Schools Creates Tense Moments At Central Bucks Board Meeting
Not to worry — all the residents made it out alive.