Mountain Ridge HS to host mock disaster drill

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Helicopter, rescue personnel will be part of safe driving awareness


Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave., in Glendale, will stage a mock disaster on campus 8:30-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

The mock disaster is a training exercise for first responders, and will take place in the football stadium. The event is also designed to help raise awareness for prom-going students about the possible tragic results of driving under the influence, distracted driving and unsafe driving practices.Mountain Ridge High School students, the City of Glendale police and fire departments, and Helicopter Services will all be participating.

There will be a helicopter and fire ladder demonstration at the school as part of the learning curriculum for the medical science program. The mock crash uses real crashed vehicles set up on school grounds and student participants to dramatically act out roles as crash victims. Students from the theater arts program will be applying makeup to make it look like participants are wounded in the head and chest from hitting the windshield, steering wheel or other “injuries” that make the crash.

The school’s student body will watch the demonstration and learn how emergency responders conduct rescue efforts in real-time. The Mountain Ridge medical science programs will learn from the experts.

“Mock crashes are a dramatic presentation to educate teenagers about the true consequences of poor driving decisions,” DECA advisor Debbie Moore stated. “When students see their friends and peers carried out on in body bags, and another being handcuffed, it hits home. It’s a strong message that aims to influence their driving choices, especially at such a potentially dangerous time on the road.”

Nearly nine in 10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving, and nearly four in 10 call distracted driving a habit, according to Ms. Moore.

Call 623-376-3000.



What: Mock disaster drill

When: 8:30-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25

Where: Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale

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