South Lane County Fire and Rescue News Blog
Every 15 Minutes at Cottage Grove High School
South Lane County Fire & Rescue personnel worked with the Lane County Sheriff and Cottage Grove Police Department in hosting a mock car accident as part of the "Every 15 Minutes Program".The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life consequences.
This emotionally charged program is an event designed to dramatically instill in teenagers the realization of the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.The powerful program challenged students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.
During the events of first day, the "Grim Reaper" called students; who had been selected from a cross-section of the entire student body, out of class. One student was removed from class every 15 minutes. A police officer then immediately entered the classroom to read an obituary which had been written by the "dead" student's parent(s) explaining the circumstances of their classmate's demise and the contributions the student has made to the school and the community.
During an afternoon assembly the High School student body was led out to the scene of a mock car accident behind the school. Selected students were given fake wounds and injuries and placed in wrecked cars.
South Lane County Fire & Rescue staff responded and pretended to treat the accident victims. This included one student being airlifted by Life Flight and students being taken away by ambulance. One student was placed under arrest by the Cottage Grove Police Department as a simulation of the consequences of drinking and driving.
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