Photos: Ambulance crews practice saving lives

08/13/2013 12:00 PM |
COURTESY PHOTO | Volunteers with the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company practice loading up a patient Monday evening.

COURTESY PHOTO | Volunteers with the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company practice loading up a patient Monday evening.

A terrible scene unfolded on the grass near the Friendship Baptist Church parking lot in Flanders Monday night. Victims of a car accident lay moaning in pain as volunteers quickly treated their injuries, fitting them with neck braces and carrying them to waiting ambulances.

One of the victims died on the scene. Then she came back to life.

The gruesome incident wasn’t actually real. It was all a drill designed to test new volunteers and seasoned veterans of the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company.

The company trains once a month, usually by taking classes or seminars. Every few months, the volunteers meet up to practice in the field, said second assistant chief Joseph Jasinski.

Some of the volunteers are “victims” and use fake injuries and stage makeup to simulate horrible injuries. The other volunteers then practice saving their lives.

For more information on the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company, including how to join, call (631) 727-6930.

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