Dozens of students at Sussex Technical High School and Boy Scouts from three area troops participated in drills for Community Emergency Preparedness Day last month.
The students and scouts role-played as victims and first responders in a trio of emergency situations, including an ill-fated chemistry class demonstration, a mechanical explosion and an automobile crash.
Students from the technical areas of criminal justice, health pro, electronics departments joined members of the Key Club, Science Olympiad and LDP Junior Firemen, as well as Boy Scouts from Troops 95, 116 and 584. The students received volunteer hours for their participation, which the Boy Scouts received credit toward their Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.
As her senior project, cosmetology student Heather Adkins coordinated her classmates to apply make-up to the volunteers that resembled burns, lacerations and punctures.
Public service agencies that also participated included the Georgetown and Millsboro fire companies, the Delaware State Police K-9 unit and Medivac helicopter, Sussex County Emergency Command Center, Delaware Emergency Management Association and the Sussex Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Fitzgerald Salvage and Recycling in Lincoln donated cars for the mock vehicle crash.