To help keep students in the North Fork Valley safe and to give them a sobering reminder that underage consumption of alcohol, especially when paired with driving a motor vehicle has consequences, often deadly ones; the North Fork Ambulance partners with the Colorado State Patrol, Delta County Sheriff’s Office and other public safety agencies in the North Fork Valley to bring a DUI crash scene to life in front of the students prior to prom and the party season of high school every two years.
We hope that by partnering with area agencies and providing a bloody and gruesome but realistic view of what happens to the human body in a car wreck caused by drunk driving, we can persuade our students to not drive impaired by alcohol and/or marijuana or consume alcohol as minors.
DUI Crashes aren’t just devestating to familes of victims, the first responders who have to cut victims out of the cars, patch them up and send them to the hospital or place victims in body bags takes its toll on the emotions of first responders as well. Because DUI accident scenes can be so emotional and stressful to first responders, the Mock Crashes are also used as a real life, hands-on multi agency training exercise bringing fire, law enforcement and EMS together to triage, extricate, treat and transport victims in real time in front of the students so everything is as real as possible for all involved.
The North Fork Ambulance and other public safety agencies work closely with administrators from both the Hotchkiss High School and Paonia High School to plan and coordinate mock crashes every two years so we always have a new group of students to bring the message that alcohol and/or drugs and driving is a deadly combination with life long consequences.
Below are some photos from the April 2018 Mock DUI Crash progrm that was put on by the following agencies on April 25, 2018 at Paonia High School for the student body of both Paonia and Hotchkiss High Schools.
North Fork Ambulance, Delta County Sheriff's Office/Dispatch, Colorado State Patrol, Paonia Fire Department, Paonia Police Department, Delta County Coroner's Office, CareFlight - Montrose (St. Mary's Hospital & Montrose Memorial Hospital).