MCFRS News Release
Every 15 Minutes Program Comes to Poolesville High School
Fire and Police Department Partner on Important Safety Message
Montgomery County, MD - - - On Wednesday, May 1st, juniors and seniors at Poolesville High School will feel the drama of a simulated alcohol-involved auto accident. The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This powerful program challenges students to think about drinking, distractions, driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.
A simulated traffic collision will be staged in front of the school and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) emergency crews will treat “injured” student participants along with Police Department officers and the department’s accident reconstruction team. Although the event is simulated, these students will experience firsthand what it is like to be involved in a tragic, alcohol-related collision and the consequences. The injured students will be extricated using the Jaws-of-Life by MCFRS personnel. Montgomery County Police officers will investigate, arrest and book the student "drunk driver." The afternoon assembly, which will begin at 1:00 p.m., will include a powerful video made by the students and several featured speakers included Cathy Carnahan who tragically lost her son Dale, a high school athlete and 2008 graduate of the school, in a car accident.
Media are invited to this event. Poolesville High School is located at 17501 W. Willard Road, Poolesville, Maryland. Events will take place throughout the day. Most notably, the kick-off assembly and the simulated crash scene will occur beginning at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up around 10 am. Concluding the day will be a powerful assembly that will take place from 1 – 2:10 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the day, please email or call 240-777-2463.