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Staged Collision Provides Realistic Experience

Students Practice Managing an Accident Scene, Administering Triage


Law enforcement student apprehend another student   Medical Assist students treatment a classmate

Academy students at Milliken Technical Center recently participated in a post-car accident scene that was created for the Law Enforcement students to properly manage a multi-person casualty, and for the Medical Assisting students to perform triage on numerous victims. The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has campuses in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead.


The accident scene aftermath was orchestrated in a parking lot at the school and involved a two-car collision. Volunteer victims sporting special effects makeup positioned themselves in the cars and on the ground. Some of the victims utilized prosthetic wounds for classmates in the Medical Assisting Program to bandage. Law Enforcement students took witness statements from classmates acting as passersby, made arrests, practiced crowd control, and learned to create an accident scene.


Cosmetology students created special effects makeup so accident victims looked authentic, Auto Body students supplied the damaged cars, and a member of the Suffolk County Police Department visited to provide on-the-scene advice to students.


Said Sandra Lochren, Law Enforcement Teacher, “This event teaches students to expect the unexpected and how to think and respond appropriately in difficult situations.”