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JUNE 2, 2006


Lawrence High School,
2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township

During the morning of Friday, June 2, 2006, volunteers from Lawrence Road Fire Co. joined with personnel from the Lawrenceville and Slackwood fire companies, Lawrence First Aid Squad, Capital Health System paramedic units, and Lawrence police to conduct a motor vehicle accident simulation at Lawrence High School.

The exercise, timed to take place right before the school’s senior prom, was designed to show the devastating consequences of a motor vehicle collision in an effort to discourage students from driving while distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A two-car collision, with several people critically injured and trapped and at least one person killed, was simulated. Firefighters used their rescue equipment to cut apart the cars and extricate the trapped “victims” (who were played by high school volunteers). EMS personnel then attended to and packaged the “victims” as a crowd of high school students watched.

Apparatus that took part in the exercise were Rescue 22, Engine 22, Rescue 23, Rescue 21, and several ambulances and police vehicles.

Deputy Chief Chris Pangaldi and Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik supervised the scenario.

Rescue 22 was commanded by Capt. Michael Byrd, driven by Paid Driver Bryan Gibbons, and crewed by Ff. R.J. Laird, Ff. Steven Hodgdon, Ff. Sean Ryan and Ff. Ryan Dlabik.

Engine 22 was commanded by Capt. Joseph Dlabik Jr., driven by Ff. Matt Farletta, and crewed by Ff. Evan Kutzin, Ff. Jarred Pierson, Ff. Adam Rivera and Ff. Theresa Androvett.

Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr. was also on the scene in his private vehicle.

2006 marked the 5th consecutive year the demonstration has been performed at Lawrence High School.

All photos copyright (c) 2006 by Lawrence Road Fire Co.

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