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Mock DWI message: Safe and sober


MASSENA - The Massena Rescue Squad, Massena Volunteer Fire Department, Massena Central High School, Massena Police Department and St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program recently sponsored a Mock DWI crash at in the parking lot in front of Massena Central High School.

At 9:30 a.m., Massena Rescue and Fire were toned out for a two-car MVA (drill) at the high school. Massena Rescue’s A-212 responded along with Massena Fire. Upon arrival EMS personnel reported a confirmed MCI (Multiple Casualty Incident) and toned out for additional EMS, police and fire resources.

Answering that call was Massena Rescue’s Crash Truck, A-214 and A-211 along with units from Norfolk and Tri-Town Rescue and EMS personnel from Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance.

Six patients were found having injuries from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and head trauma. EMS quickly took action in stabilizing all patients. Members of Massena Rescue and Massena Fire?s Extrication team removed windows, doors and roofs from the two vehicles to allow EMS to better treat the patients.

The entire drill lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes. The Mock DWI Crash dramatizes the severe consequences of drinking and driving and promotes a “safe and sober message” for students, which is particularly poignant during prom and graduation events.

Actors from Massena Central High School’s drama program, were the victims for this drill.

Editor’s Note: Randy Montour is the chairman of the Massena Rescue Squad Board of Directors.

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