If you drove past the Summit Middle School Wednesday evening and noticed an unnatural three-car accident in the parking lot attended by a large contingent of Summit Squad members, you can rest easy. The multi-car collision was the set for a training drill conducted by the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Juniors.
Close to 20 high school students who make up the Summit Squad Junior Program participated in the training exercise. The simulated Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) incorporated several victims in a hazardous accident scene designed to put the Squad Juniors through their paces. “We wanted to place the kids in a chaotic situation that would challenge all of their skills,” said Junior Liaison senior squad member, Mike D’Ecclessis.
Working in teams, the teenage squad members treated volunteer patients, extracted them from vehicles, and prepared them for transport to local hospitals. The staged victims, all senior squad members, applauded the young members in a debriefing session after the mock incident. Said Senior Squad Member, Linda Wolf, “It was very unnerving to play the part of a patient, but I felt assured that I was in very capable hands.”
The exercise organizer, Mitch Bernstein, summed up the training experience this way: “Our Juniors are a valuable asset to the Squad. Their performance in exercises like this demonstrates why.”
The Junior Program at the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is open to high school students who are at least 16 years old. Information on the program can be found at www.summitems.org.