MINERVA - A white sedan sat smashed and windowless in the parking lot of Minerva Central School last week during a drill by volunteer fire and rescue personnel.
The drill presented a mock rescue of two students allegedly victims of a drunk driving accident. About 55 students from grades 8 through 12 observed the aftermath of the simulated car crash. While firefighters in full turn-out gear worked to extricate the students from the car with the Jaws-of-Life, EMS personnel stabilized the victims.
During this exercise, Kevin Fusco and Lynn Green of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad provided on-the-spot commentary on what was happening as it happened. As the students watched, the two patients were moved into the ambulance with appropriate stabilization equipment, which was exactly how it would occur if it had been an actual rescue scene.
"The fire department did a great job - the kids were interested - they watched and listened carefully as the drill took place," said MCS Superintendent Tim Farrell, who also observed the drill.
The drill had a dual purpose: to show students what's involved when someone drinks and drives, and to interest students in becoming part of the MVFD&RS.
A "Thank you" was extended to Chris and Liz O'Connor for the great job they did as car crash patients, as well as all the MVFD&RS personnel who participated (everyone took the activity seriously). Thanks was also extended to the Johnsburg Rescue Squad for sending one of its ambulances to the school in case an actual emergency call came out for the MVFD&RS. Thanks also to the staff and administration of MCS for their cooperation and support in regard to this important exercise.
Contact Cameron Dubay or Karen Wright of the MVFD&RS for more information on getting involved with the fire department as junior members.