Operation Prom emergency event to be held April 20 at Queen Creek High School

On Wednesday, April 20, emergency response personnel from Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department will respond to a simulated alcohol related vehicular incident at the Queen Creek High School. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

On Wednesday, April 20, emergency response personnel from Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department will respond to a simulated alcohol related vehicular incident at the Queen Creek High School. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 

The town of Queen Creek is partnering with the Queen Creek Unified School District and several other organizations to provide the biannual Operation Prom event at the Queen Creek High School. On Wednesday, April 20, emergency response personnel will respond to a simulated alcohol related vehicular incident at the High School. Juniors and seniors will experience the emergency response, and related consequences of an incident caused by drinking and driving.

“The goal of the demonstration is to help students understand the serious risks associated with drinking and driving,” Queen Creek Fire Chief Ron Knight said in a press release. “Our emergency personnel want these kids to know the impact these types of incidents have on us, their families and the community as a whole.”

Strategically held before prom, the event is a collaborative effort involving variety of partners. The vehicles for the incident are being provided by Shamrock Towing/FAST Towing and the people involved in the “wreck” will be Queen Creek High School drama students. The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek, AMR, PHI/Air Evac and Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department are providing the emergency response, and Bueler Mortuary will be on scene for the individual who does not survive the incident.

“This simulation provides an example of the various outcomes. It is imperative that students know the real consequences of driving under the influence,” Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 Capt. Randy Brice said in the release. “While we want the youth to see the spectrum of consequences, we want to alert the public that this is a simulated event used for educational purposes.”

Following the simulation, the Department of Public Safety will provide an in-depth presentation related to drinking and driving. Judge Sam Goodman of the San Tan Justice Court will also explain the legal ramifications that the driver of the simulated incident will face.

“We appreciate our partners coming together to help educate our students,” Queen Creek Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry said. “Drinking and driving impacts our entire community, and this exercise demonstrates our willingness to come together and address this important issue.”

For more information, visit the town’s website.

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