Search and Rescue and Van Buren Vol. Fire Dept. member Tod Harring, Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Search and Rescue and Van Buren Vol. Fire Dept. member Tim McVey, Posey Vol. Fire Dept. member Jon Yocom, Trans-Care official John McFarland and Northview High School event coordinator Bethany Jones meet in the Northview parking lot to plan Thursday's mock accident.
Northview High School is making a public announcement of an event that usually remains secret: Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, senior and junior students will witness a mock accident in the back parking lot of the school.
"We have such a wonderful community of parents that are concerned about the safety of their children, that we didn't want them to see all the emergency vehicles at the school and think something was wrong," NHS event co-ordinator Bethany Jones said Tuesday at a planning session about the event.
Jones' students from her advanced health class and NHS SADD members will portray the victims, while members from more than 10 local law enforcement and emergency personnel groups will use the mock accident to perform a massive training exercise.
From the initial dispatch call reporting the accident, until the last victim is removed from the scene, students will experience the consequences of making bad decisions, especially drinking and driving, from all viewpoints.
Jones said the event was organized in conjunction with NHS's prom activities, but specific details about the type of accident are being withheld to insure a dramatic impact upon students.
"We're very excited about this," Jones said. "We just don't want the public to become alarmed when they see this happening and flood the switchboard here at the school or at the Sheriff's Department with calls checking on their children."