SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – Saturday night will mark what can be the most exciting night of many students’ high school years: Prom.
While it is important for students to have a memorable night, the Buena High School administration of the Sierra Vista Unified School District hopes the memories will be good. In order to help students to remember the dangers out on the road on Prom night the Sierra Vista Fire Department, Fry Fire Department, Sierra Vista Police Department, and Air Evacuations Team are pulling together to role-play a prom experience that will exemplify what can happen when students are not being responsible on Prom night.
At 12:30 p.m. today, the Junior and Senior classes at Buena High School will participate in a special presentation by representatives from both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Buena High School club, Students Against Drunk Driving.
After the presentation, at approximately 1 p.m. students will be directed to the football stadium where a mock vehicle crash will be staged. The wrecked vehicles are being donated by Barnett’s Towing and will look the part. Shortly after the students are in the stadium, the emergency services vehicles will be called in to the scene of the accident.
Firefighter Justin Wright said, “We are going to treat it like a normal scene and go into action.” He said the role-play exercise will include using extraction tools to remove participants from the vehicles. One participant will be air lifted from the scene while another will be transported in an ambulance. The drama department at Buena is participating with providing makeup and taking part in the role-play. Two firefighters are also going to be dressed as students in the role play.
Several members of the Sierra Vista Fire Department been talking about doing this type of exercise for the last couple of years, but Wright said this was the first of this type of demonstration to ever take place at Buena High School.
The concern over safety at Prom is not without merit. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that April, May and June are consistently the highest months for teen fatalities in traffic accidents. The fire department has been working with the student club, SADD, to facilitate this exercise.
“It is our hope that students will be able to understand the gravity of the decisions they make when they attend prom activities this year,” said Kriss Hagerl, associate superintendent of the Sierra Vista Unified School District said. “We want all of our students to have a great time, but we also want them to go home safe and sound.”
Buena High School is located on 5255 E. Buena School blvd in Sierra Vista, AZ and currently has approximately 2100 students. Any questions or comments can be directed to the SVUSD Public Information Officer, Sarah Pacheco, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 520-515-2723.