Yesterday, Wednesday May 9, students from schools in Drumheller and the surrounding area attended a demonstration of a mock two-vehicle collision.
Students witnessed in real-time what first responders do in a collision situation from start to finish. This demonstration involved six high school student actors from Drumheller Valley Secondary School. The two vehicles, staged to look like a T-bone collision, showcased a deceased student on the hood of a minivan, with the other five students injured.
While RCMP Constable Eric Doucette arrested the actor playing the driver of the minivan, paramedics and fire crews used the jaws of life and other tools to free two of the students from the T-boned vehicle.
"It was pretty crazy and really puts things into perspective," said Wheatland Crossing Grade 10 student, Teagan Adamcewicz. "My eye-opening moment was when they were in the conference room there, doing the hospital scene, and she was unresponsive and not breathing. There was nothing they could do."
A makeshift operating room was set up in Hall A of the Badlands Community Facility. A medical team, which included Dr. Ram, worked on the 'patient' while he and other medical staff narrated what was happening. The student was pronounced dead after several minutes.
"When they called the funeral home and they called the guys with the stretchers, I had a feeling that that lady (the student in emergency) wasn't coming back after they had to cut her out of the vehicle," remarked fellow Wheatland student, Mack Burne. "
"I'll be more cautious," Kelcy Faucher,Wheatland Crossing student commented. "Wearing my seat belt and making sure I know where I'm going."