Monday, April 28, 2014

BHS Mock Accident Wednesday 4/30

Town residents and others who happen to be passing by BHS on Wednesday can expect to come upon the scene of a frightening car crash!

And you shouldn’t be the least bit alarmed — even with the presence of a Boston-based MedFlight air medical helicopter.  The crash scene, which will be located at Burlington High School, will be part of a staged public safety presentation aimed in large part at giving students and others a close-up reminder of what can happen when they engage in risky behaviors while driving, such as texting, alcohol use, too many kids in the car and other distractions. The presentation, which is set to run from 8 to 10 a.m., is a project of the Burlington High School Mock Crash and the Boston MedFlight SafeTeens Program, in cooperation with local police, firefighters and EMS providers.

All of the crews on hand will team up to create a dramatic re-enactment of a fatal car crash for Burlington teenagers, illustrating the severe consequences of risky behaviors behind the wheel. The staged crash will include a number of students from the high school as actors. Also involved will be Burlington Fire, Police and EMS departments and a Boston MedFlight helicopter. The responders will arrive at the scene as if it were an actual motor vehicle crash. While it leads into area schools’ prom and graduation season, it should be noted that the project is aimed at driving home the importance of safe driving throughout the year. It helps our school community to understand that a car crash can have a serious, long lasting impact on our school, families, friends, classmates, and community.  

We are grateful to our community supporters for helping to make this event possible especially Boston Medfight who "is pleased to join other first responders and emergency personnel in this important effort to promote safe behavior among teenagers,” said Suzanne Wedel, chief executive officer of Boston MedFlight. “We hope that by bringing this program to the community we can help reduce injuries and save lives.”

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