Safe-Driving Display Gains Unwanted Realism
YOU HAVE ALL PARTICIPATED in one of those mock car accidents designed to teach teenagers about the dangers of careless or drunk driving. That is what was going on in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Friday morning when the town's fire department and police department were staging a crash with injuries along with the safety lectures, plus the extrication and first aid demonstration by the firefighters, for the Detroit Lakes High School students.
With the entire student body of 400 gathered on portable bleachers, the demonstration began with a police officer giving the lecture and a few students and community volunteers acting as trapped, injured victims. Without warning, the unmanned fire engine started rolling and it was aimed right for the "crash" scene. It struck the two wrecked cars at a low speed (less than 5 mph) causing some minor injuries to the police officer, an EMT and two of the student actors.
The demo became real as the FD had to perform genuine extrications and ambulances were called for real-blood injuries. Six people were transported, but all were treated and released for minor cuts and bruises. It hasn't been determined yet for sure why the pumper started rolling. At the time it was believed that the parking brake had been applied, but that has to be determined yet.
WDAY-TV has the story and more photos HERE.
Firegeezer notes: This is why all departments must have a firm policy of always using a wheel chock whenever the operator is out of the cab, whether the motor is running or not (outside of the equipment bays, of course).
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