By RANDY MONTOUR,
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Massena Rescue Squad
MASSENA -- The Massena Rescue Squad, Massena Volunteer Fire Department, Massena Central High School, Massena Police Department and St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program sponsored a mock drunk driving crash Thursday in the parking lot in front of Massena Central High School.
At 9:30 a.m., Massena Rescue and Fire were toned out for a two-car motor vehicle accident drill at the high school. A-212 responded along with Massena Fire.
Upon arrival, EMS personnel reported a confirmed multiple-casualty and toned out for additional EMS, police and fire resources.
Answering that call was Massena Rescue’s crash truck, A-214 and A-211, along with units from Norfolk and Tri-Town Rescue and EMS personnel from Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance.
A total of six patients were found having injuries from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and head trauma.
EMS quickly took action in stabilizing all patients. Members of Massena Rescue and Massena Fire’s Extrication team removed windows, doors and roofs from the two vehicles to allow EMS to better treat the patients.
The entire drill lasted one hour and 30 minutes.
The Mock DWI Crash dramatizes the severe consequences of drinking and driving and promotes a "safe and sober message" for students, which is particularly poignant during prom and graduation events.
A special "thank you" to the actors from Massena Central High School Drama Class Juniors and Seniors who were the victims for this drill.