JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Residents living near West Jones schools should not be alarmed if they hear sirens or see emergency lights next Thursday morning. In light of the current events at the school, West Jones Middle School and West Jones High School will practice a mock car crash event Thursday, March 29.
The drill will have a DUI driver with responders responding to and working the scene just like they would a real crash, which involves responding with emergency lights and sirens.
Two vehicles will simulate a head-on collision as a result of a drunk driver. Four students will play the roles of prom student victims. During the simulation, emergency responders will extricate some of the students. Actors will play the roles of frantic and devastated parents and a deceased teenager will be placed into a body bag, then hearse. The others will be prepped for immediate transport to the hospital.
Seniors and juniors at West Jones High School will have the opportunity to watch and learn about the impacts inflicted on the lives of young people when drinking and distracted, particularly during prom season.
The event will be held on high school grounds at the football stadium, and encompasses the support and participation from several Jones County and Mississippi emergency services, including five of the Jones County Volunteer Fire Departments (Calhoun, Hebron, Soso, Sharon, and Shady Grove), Jones County Sheriff's Department, EMServ Ambulance Service, Jones County Coroner's Office, Jones County District Attorney's Office, Jones County Emergency Management, Memory Chapel Funeral Home, Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Program, Mississippi Highway Patrol, and Rescue 7 Air Ambulance. West Jones High School faculty along with volunteer actors and make-up artist will also participate in this event.
West Jones High School and Calhoun Volunteer Fire/Rescue says with this simulation, they hope students will use caution during this time of celebration and stay safe so that their graduation is the first of many exciting and fun events to come.
The simulation crash will begin at 8:45 a.m.