Students from Sussex Technical High School and local Boy Scouts teamed up with firefighters, Delaware State Police and EMTs to stage various emergency drills recently. Sue Brady, criminal justice instructor at Sussex Tech, said she used her connections as a retired state trooper to bring these various first responders to this educational event.
The mock drills included a fire in the chemistry lab, the aftermath of an explosion and a mock car crash in which the firefighters disassembled the vehicles to get the children safely out. Additionally, two K9 units performed demonstrations of their narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs and state police helicopter pilots touching down in the football field.
The drills provided the students with valuable experience. In addition to seeing the procedures involved in an emergency, many of the students were able to put what they have learned to work. Health students bandaged the wounds which were crafted by cosmetology students in grim detail.
Pieces of plastic which looked like jagged glass protruded from the arms and faces of some students while others had large patches of raised red and black flesh meant to simulate severe burns.
The Boy Scouts, led by Scoutmaster Denis Redington, earned their merit badges for emergency preparedness.