There was a fatal accident behind the Badlands Community Facility on Wednesday morning. The saving grace is that although it looked very real, it wasn't.
First responders including RCMP, the Drumheller Fire Department and EMS ambulance crews staged a mock exercise in front of more than 100 Grade 9 and 10 students from Drumheller and surrounding area schools.
"We acted exactly as if this was a normal call, or a call coming in from 911, we all work together as a team," outlined paramedic Kevin Phillips."We had our first ambulance respond, they called for backup, we had our incident command set up and at that point we just work as a team for the best of the patient."
"It's just great to get all the services together, fire, police and ambulance and to just show these kids what really goes down with an accident and how everybody works together," he added.
The students, most of whom are just getting or about to get their driver's licenses, watched from just a few metres away as crews worked to extracate several 'victims,' played by members of the DVSS Drama Class, from the two vehicles.
Afterwards, they went inside the BCF to an 'operating room,' where local physician Dr. Rithesh Ram and a trauma team tried to save the life of one young victim, but without success. The performance ended with staff from Courtney-Winters Funeral home collecting the body, and RCMP and Big Country Victim Services informing the parents, played by Armand and Donna Tessier.
Phillips hoped the performance, which was unscripted for the most part to keep it realistic, struck a note with the students.
"You would hope it would," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "It's just a reminder that things can happen, that life is precious and that in the blink of an eye, things can happen so drive safe out there and make sure you're not texting or drinking and driving."
This is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada and a similar mock accident is scheduled to be held in Hanna on Thursday.
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