Okla. First Responders Practice Mock Collision Drill
Sept. 30—A mock crash at the Goldwing Road Rider Association regional rally helped riders prepare for the worst, an organizer said.
" ...by doing this mock crash they get to utilize some of those skills as close as they can to the real thing and other people can watch them in action and get a better feel for what it would be like if it was an actual crash," said Max Rowlett, Oklahoma district educator for GRRA.
The mock crash scenario included a "drunk driver" who "killed" two people in a vehicle versus motorcycle collision near the Civic Center on Friday. The rally concludes Saturday.
First upon the scene were members of Goldwing who have had previous CPR and first aid training.
They administered first aid while waiting for emergency first responders from the police and fire departments and Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service. A medical helicopter from Air Evac Lifeteam also participated.
Nine firefighters from Station One responded and had to use the Jaws of Life to cut the roof off the truck to get extricate a passenger.
"Getting to use our Jaws of Life, our pneumatic air bags and our struts helps fine tune training we've already received," said Acting Assistant Chief Kevin Warlick.
"Training is always good for us, and anytime we can get this is great," Warlick said.
Lincoln Anderson, public information officer for the Muskogee Police Department, agreed.
"This scenario gives our officers a chance to work together with EMS and Air Evac... and get on the same page...," Anderson said.
Mechele Cruz, community relations director for Muskogee County EMS, said, "Events like this give us the opportunity to show the seriousness of drinking and driving and driving under the influence of drugs."
She said it also gives the community the opportunity to observe emergency services working together in a realistic approach in how they would work together on a real scene.
Rowlett said that this was one of the better training scenarios he's participated in.
"The fire department, police and EMS came rolling in here, and it looked like the real deal."