Photos provided by Fire Fighter Specialist Tracy Sizemore.
THESE PHOTOS DEPICT A SIMULATION EXERCISE. THIS IS NOT A REAL INCIDENT.
On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) team members from Fire Station 29 in Baldwin Park participated in an “Every 15 Minutes” program at Sierra Vista High School. Through simulation exercises, the program educates high school students about the dangers and consequences of substance abuse.
LACoFD personnel, along with Baldwin Park Police Department officers, California Highway Patrol officers and CARE ambulance personnel, re-created a two-car crash involving six teenagers who drove while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The entire high school and community members watched the simulation as firefighters performed a vehicle extrication to save four of the “victims” that sustained major injuries. As part of the simulation exercise, the audience also watched the Coroner’s office remove the bodies of two teenage “victims” that were pronounced dead.
LACoFD joins in “Every 15 Minutes” programs throughout Los Angeles County. “Every 15 Minutes” is intended to save the lives of today’s youth by presenting tragic scenarios and the consequences they face when they decide to drink and drive.