Two Portage College paramedic instructors Barb Peters, Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) and Luke Umble, ACP, were part of a demonstration hosted by the P.A.R.T.Y. program (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth).
Approximately 140 students from École Plamondon School, École Beauséjour and J.A. Williams High School witnessed a mock scenario of a vehicle roll-over, with firefighters, paramedics, RCMP and other first responders in attendance.
The demonstration was staged to get youth thinking about the consequences of risky behaviour. Students observed what it's really like to be involved in a vehicle crash and how first responders work together to handle such situations.
Instructors, Barb Peters, Luke Umble and firefighters get ready to transport victim actor to the ambulance.
Shelley Franchuk, Coordinator, Paramedic Programs, says, "As educators with real life trauma experience, we have unfortunately seen too many times the effects of alcohol, drugs, and risk related incidents and the impact it has left on the patient, family, and community."
"The Paramedic Programs strongly believe in the message the PARTY Program promotes. By actively participating in this event we have an opportunity to share our experiences and hopefully help students become aware of the dangers of alcohol, drugs, texting, or any risk taking behaviors and possibly prevent a student from future injury or death." Said Franchuk.
Students watch first responders as they work the crash site and Portage College Mobile Simulation Lab (ambulance).