Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

For the fourth year in a row Moss­man High School will play host to­day to a dra­matic crash en­act­ment de­signed to ed­u­cate the grad­u­at­ing Year 12s on the con­se­quences of their ac­tions. Moss­man QAS, QPS, QFES and SES as well as Port Dou­glas QFES will act out a live res­cue sit­u­a­tion af­ter a se­vere car crash. Year 12 drama stu­dents will play the role of crash vic­tims with one suf­fer­ing from se­vere spinal in­juries. QFES aux­il­iary fire­fighter An­drew Pe­track (pic­tured) said this year the emer­gency res­cue chop­per was kind enough to oblige his in­vi­ta­tion to take part in the pre­sen­ta­tion. “One of the vic­tims will be a spinal case and that would nor­mally re­quire a he­li­copter evac­u­a­tion,” said LT Pe­track. “Th­ese stu­dents are about to be­come road users or al­ready are road users and schoolies is com­ing up.” The ex­er­cise fo­cuses heav­ily on de­ci­sions vs. con­se­quences and in­tends to get the teenagers to think be­fore they act. “We want to make sure they are mind­ful of their ac­tions.” “Sit­u­a­tions like this af­fect the whole com­mu­nity.” “Ob­vi­ously we’re fire­fight­ers but get­ting onto the com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion is some­thing I love. “You can see the kids get a lot out of it.” LT Pe­track said the com­mu­nity has “bent over back­wards” to help the bring the ex­er­cise to fruition.

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