Colorado College Emergency Medical Services Group Hosts Mock DUI

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Flight for Life, CSPD, AMR, Colorado Springs Fire Dept. to Create Realistic Scenario on Campus

COLORADO SPRINGS - A serious automobile accident has been caused by a drunk driver. The Colorado Springs Police Department conducts a field alcohol test of the drunk driver, who is subsequently arrested. Meanwhile, paramedics begin triaging and treating the victims of the struck vehicle while firefighters work to extricate trapped patients. The vehicle rolled, and at least one passenger was ejected. Injuries range from moderate to critical. Flight for Life lands its helicopter on the main quad of the Colorado College campus, and evacuates a critical patient.

All of this will happen starting at noon on Friday, Dec. 9, when a mock DUI accident takes place as part of Colorado College's Collegiate EMS week. The "rescue" will last approximately one hour, followed by simulations. The accident simulation will be staged on North Cascade Avenue, between Cache la Poudre and Uintah.

Upon completion of the rescue, information and experiential learning, including an impaired-driving simulation vehicle, will be available to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving. The event is free and open to the public.

Students at Colorado College have formed Colorado College Emergency Medical Services, whose goal is community outreach with an emphasis on health and safety awareness. CCEMS, in conjunction with Flight for Life, American Medical Response, Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, and Donald Wescott Fire Department, will conduct this mock DUI scenario.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, both to the driver and others on the road. CCEMS believes strongly in making the community aware of the dangers of drunk driving.

"If this mock DUI influences a single person to think before getting behind the wheel drunk, the event will be considered a success," said Chris Collins with CCEMS.

About Colorado College Emergency Medical Services

CCEMS consists of more than 80 members, with varying backgrounds in emergency medicine. The group leader is Christopher Collins (Senior, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I)). The members of CCEMS share a passion for health care and community service, and have united to provide health and safety information to the community, including youth education initiatives.

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