Boy Scouts Help in Mock Car Accident

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Rescue officials from the Floyd County area were perfecting their emergency response skills in a mock car accident earlier today. Officials say they have drills like this often, but there was something extremely different about this one.

"My son's in there. My son's in there," yelled concerned parents as they arrived on the scene of a car crash.

"When you get family members coming in seeing their kids or their family members hurt, you're going to have this rush of family coming in," said Neil Rice, from the Floyd County Rescue Squad.

Officials were trying to safely remove the victims from the vehicles...but all of these people are acting. This is a mock disaster; a safety drill for rescue officials. It teaches them how to react during a real emergency.

"They handed me a radio and said we're going to call you for a mock 46, which is a vehicle accident with injury and we went from there just like it was the real thing," said Hunter Reed from the Respond Ambulance Service.

When the rescue squads arrived on the scene they were obviously able to see things like the vehicles and this dummy, but what they didn't know was that there was actually 7 boy scouts inside this van.

"This is the first mock disaster I've done that actually had real, live victims which gives a nice spin on it to give us real training. It made it a lot more realistic," Reed explained.

The boys looked the part and acted it too.

"Some of us had to act like we was unconscious and the ones that wasn't unconscious stayed awake and looked up," said Jonathan Spradlin, a boy scout.

It was all in good fun for them and all in good practice for the officials.

Representatives from the Floyd County Rescue Squad, Prestonsburg Fire Department, Floyd County Sheriff's Department and two ambulance services participated in the fake accident.

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