Fairfield first responders stage pre-prom high school crash demos

On Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, Fairfield first responders held mock pre-prom crash demonstrations near the front entrances of Fairfield Ludlowe and Warde High Schools. Students lined the sidewalks to watch the simulated motor vehicle accidents in advance of their proms being held this weekend. Students pulled tarps from wrecked cars, passengers and drivers emerged in various states of distress, and sirens blared as police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances responded to the scenes.

The annual demonstrations are hosted by Fairfield’s Ludlowe and Warde High Schools to illustrate to their assembled Junior Classes the dangers of driving distracted or under the influence. Under the direction of Student Assistance Counselors Timothy Morris at Ludlowe and Stephanie Swist at Warde, student reenactors rehearsed their roles for several weeks in advance of these “Mock Crashes”, preparing their performance as driver or passenger, bystander or patient. The counselors scheduled participating agencies and made arrangements for the vehicles to be brought, damaged to simulate the crash, and removed afterwards.

At Ludlowe on Thursday and Warde on Friday guest speakers took offered personal experiences of the hazards of driving under the influence and its repercussions. Then an audiotape of car conversations was heard followed by the sounds of a crash. Students watched silently as their peers called in the emergency, confronted or helped one another, and interacted with incoming Fairfield Police and Fire officers, firefighters, American Medical Response paramedics and EMTs, as they performed their duties at the simulated accident. One driver was arrested and taken away in handcuffs, passengers were extricated by fire personnel using hydraulic tools, patients were removed by long board and stretcher to awaiting ambulances which pulled away from the scene, and the last victim was placed in the back of a black van from Lesko & Polke Funeral Home serving in place of the State Medical Examiner.

After closing remarks by Ludlowe Headmaster Greg Hatzis on Thursday and Warde Headmaster James Coyne on Friday wishing a safe and memorable Junior Prom to all in attendance, the students were sent back to their classes as Fairfield’s first responders pulled out of the parking lots and returned to their regular duties.

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Fairfield’s first responders at Ludlowe and Warde High Schools’ Pre-Prom crash demonstrations.

Fairfield’s first responders at Ludlowe and Warde High Schools’ Pre-Prom crash demonstrations.

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