As they have done for 20 years, the Staatsburg, Roosevelt and West Clinton Fire Departments, joined by Northern Dutchess Paramedics and the Hyde Park Police Department, conducted a mock DWI Drill for FDR High School seniors on May 21, on the grounds of the South Cross Road school.
Two wrecked vehicles and a fully enacted response to the accident and its mock victims highlighted the day for the Class of 2014 following an assembly of students in the FDR auditorium. The realistic demonstration is always guaranteed to make a lasting impression on the students, and this year, the organizers even had a medical helicopter on site to show how those seriously injured are quickly transported to area hospitals for emergency treatment.
The emergency personnel on hand, however, hoped their mock drill would negate ever having to use their resources for an actual tragedy.
“We simulate an auto accident involving students, who may have been drinking, and if we help to save just one life, we know the program is successful,” said Rescue Captain Dee Sagendorph, of the Staatsburg Fire Department, which is located directly across the street from the high school.