The training was a mock-up style vehicle accident in which a teenager caused the wreck as a result of texting while driving. Participating in the training which utilized the Jaws of Life, were the Highland Fire Department, Spring River Ambulance Service and members of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville's paramedic class.
Members of the paramedic class and Highland fireman Barry Batchelar's daughter, Ashley, served as the victims in the mock accident.
Highland Fire Chief Stephen Davis, who also works as a paramedic with Spring River Ambulance Service, said the training session was designed to help with both state and nationally mandated continuing education training.
Davis said these requirements include 24 hours of refresher courses and continuing education every two years for both the fire department and paramedics to maintain their certifications.
The mock-up was also used to help firefighters learn to collaborate with medics at accidents. Many times the fireman are the first responders and must be able to communicate to the paramedics, procedures they have done prior to the ambulance arriving on the scene of an accident. This communication is vital to prevent further injury to the patient or even the paramedic working the accident.
The paramedic class from UACCB joined the session by invitation and were able to satisfy some of the training requirements for their degree.
The real life texting while driving scenario the paramedics and fire department acted out in the session is an ever increasing issue among drivers, despite laws that outlaw the practice.
To view a video about the dangers of texting and driving or to demonstrate to teens the dangers, visit this video on YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTXjD_YOPk.