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May 28, 2011 11:16 AM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)

Kalispell students given reality check

WEST GLACIER- Kalispell High School students were served up a sense of tragedy with a crash emergency mock-simulation held on Friday, seeing first hand the effects of drinking and driving.

Juniors and seniors at Flathead High School and Glacier High School have teamed up with the Kalispell Fire Department for the last three years to act out a fatal wreck scene, the result of drinking and driving, and students worked with each profession from police to EMT services to act out the scenario.

Students in the sports medicine class tested out fireman gear and the jaws of life to get some life like practice under their belt.

"I think it's really cool, it's really exciting, those Jaws of Life are super heavy though," Glacier junior Claire Hamilton stated.

All classes were invited to watch the procedure and Alert Helicopter flew in to make the scenario even more realistic.

"Most of these kids have been affected one way or another by classmate or a brother or sister, a mom or a dad, that have been in a car accident because of drinking or distractive driving. And so now it really hits home when we're out here practicing, Sports Medicine teacher April Terry explained.

R&J Wrecking donates two cars a year for the simulation that have been wrecked themselves, painting a real life picture for students.

"It's really scary, I mean this car was rolled and it was in a real accident," Hamilton observed.

Kalispell fire department officials say the simulation and classroom collaboration serve as a great way to provide career paths for students while also showing high school students to make good choices and not drink and drive.

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