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Hartford's Youth Public Safety Program Changes Lives, To Save Lives

August 10, 2015 YOUTH, EMPLOYERS   + SHARE THIS

Pictures can be deceiving.  This is not a photo from an "actual" accident, but it is an awfully realistic facsimile.  25 Hartford high school interns in the City of Hartford funded Hartford Youth Public Safety Program are acting out the actual roles of the "heroes" who respond to disasters in this "mock car crash" exercise.  The cars were actually crashed. The victims, role-played by CREC supervisors and staff.  Each youth, shadowed by an actual professional in the field (firefighter, police, EMT, etc.) had to perform the actual tasks at a disaster scene, from taking vitals, to arresting the driver, to putting up the police tape, to loading stretchers into ambulances, and even loading a stretcher into a Life Star helicopter after the Jaws of Life were used to remove the roof of one car and a victim in the back seat was extracted.

This was one exercise in a summer filled with training exercises and learning experiences, administered by CREC as part of the Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment Program.