Fire trucks, ambulances and even a medical helicopter descended on the campus of Virginia Tech Thursday evening, but it was all part of a drill allowing first responders to practice responding to a drunk driving crash.
The mock crash, which was staged on Drillfield Drive, showed what could happen when someone is driving under the influence.
“It’s definitely scary,” said Nicholas Troitino of the the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. “It’s probably the scariest calls that I’ve ever partaken in.”
Troitino said he has responded to severe crashes before as an EMT. He is new to the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad and said drills like this help the team prepare for real-life situations.
“Just a lot of stuff going on – I think that’s why we try to prepare ourselves as best as possible,” Troitino said.
It “really just makes it easier and more professional when the incident really does occur,” said Chris Eyestone, chief of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad.
The rescue squad runs drills and training seminars every night, Eyestone said, adding that he believes the mock DUI crash can be an eye opener not just for his team, but also for others on campus.
“While we’ve seen the incidents of those behaviors decline from an EMS perspective here serving this community, it does still happen,” Eyestone said.
The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad runs the mock DUI crash every semester, he added.