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Neighbors Growing Together | May 28, 2017

High school to host crash simulation

Apr 17, 2017

Fairfield High School will host a crash simulation at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, so members of the public need not be alarmed by the commotion they witness.

Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughan said local authorities are conducting the simulation to show students the consequences of driving while impaired, a special concern ahead of Saturday’s prom. To that end, authorities will stage a car crash in which crash victims, played by FHS drama students, have to be freed from a car.

“We will cut a car apart with the Jaws of Life,” Vaughan said.

An ambulance, police cars and fire engines will all respond to the scene. A helicopter will even fly in and land on the practice football field.

Authorities will begin setting up for the simulation at 12:30 p.m., and will conduct the exercise an hour later.

Vaughan said the last exercise of this type was seven years ago, though authorities want to return to a routine of performing the simulation once every four years so that all the students in the high school can experience it.

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