On Wednesday evening May 23 Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) celebrated EMS week by inviting the public to a free barbeque and mock traffic accident extraction demonstration. The event was staged at the parking lot adjacent to the Pincher Creek Fire Hall. PCES includes Ambulance, Pincher Creek Fire Hall, Beaver Mines Fire Hall, and Lundbreck Fire Hall.
|Before mayhem we BBQ!|
|Pat Neumann gives a young cyclist a positive citation for wearing his helmet|
|Apparently it was a happy accident|
The dummy simulated an unconscious a person thrown from the vehicle, used to demonstrate the proper procedure for inserting IVs and a breathing tube. Inside the car were St. Michael's drama students Landon Hochstein, Shianne Neumann, Tasha Hay and Stephanie Courchesne. They portrayed conscious victims with a range of injuries, including makeup simulating various wounds. The goal was to safely extricate them from the vehicle. They were treated as if they were real patients. Treatment efforts that would normally take place in an ambulance enroute was done on tarps so everyone could see how unfolded. One side of the car was blocked by an overturned car and the other side was too mangled to open the doors. That led to a demonstration of the tools used to extricate victims in such situations, including a pick-axe, a hydraulic spreader, and the jaws of life. Deputy Chief Pat Neumann commented that it is easier when you can just open the car doors. He knocked the handles off before the demonstration began, forestalling that possibility.
|Sheri Monk assesses 'victim' Tasha Hay|
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