Rhinelander Fire, Pelican Fire and Rhinelander High School are hosting a Mock Car Accident Exercise on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at the intersection of Larch Street and Coolidge Avenue in Rhinelander.
The exercise will involve numerous emergency vehicles that will be parked near the school. It will focus on the dangers of texting while driving, and drinking and driving. Organizers warn that this is an exercise, and the community can expect to see emergency responders at Rhinelander High School looking and acting as if it were a true disaster.
Even though the car accident will be staged, the response will be real. Accident victims will be treated on scene as they would during a real car accident, Jaws of Life will be used and both ambulances and helicopters will be used to transport mock accident victims.
At approximately 8:10 a.m., after buses depart from Rhinelander High School, the following streets will be closed in preparation of the MOCK car accident exercise: Coolidge Avenue from Acacia Lane to Johnson Street and, from the First Congregational United Church of Christ (135 E Larch Street) to Coolidge Avenue. Streets will reopen at noon.
Participating agencies include Rhinelander High School, Rhinelander Fire, Pelican Fire, Crescent Fire, Newbold Fire, Pine Lake Fire, Oneida County EMS, Spirit Air 2, MedEvac Ground and Helicopter, Oneida County Sheriff, Oneida County Emergency Management, Oneida County Medical Examiner and the Wisconsin State Patrol.