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Okanogan County Fire District 6 (OCFD6) is a professional organization of volunteer and career firefighters that provides fire, rescue, and emergency response services throughout the Methow Valley in Washington State.

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On Thursday April 20th OCFD6 Volunteer firefighter and senior at Liberty Bell High School, Kavi Mitchell, organized a Mock Crash as his senior project. Division Chief Brian McAuliffe served as his project mentor. The event was held at Liberty Bell and attended by grades 7 through 12 students. The event started with guest speaker Jenny Jones telling her survivor's story.

In 2008 Jenny made a decision to accept a ride from someone who was driving under the influence, lost control of the vehicle, and crashed. As a result, Jenny was burned over 46% of her body and spent more than 100 days in Harborview's burn treatment center (she was riding in a 1960s era Ford pick up, the gas tank ruptured and the truck caught fire). Jenny wore shorts to emphasize her point and was candid when answering questions about the consequences of her decision.

Next the students were moved to the parking lot for the Mock Crash portion of the event. Four Liberty Bell students played the roles of crash victims, and local responders from OCFD6, Aero Methow Rescue Service, Twisp Police Dept., and the Okanogan County Sherriff's Office performed their roles as they would on a real life crash scene. The responders drove to the scene with lights and sirens, triaged the victims, cut a donated vehicle apart in order to extricate a critical patient, administered a field sobriety test to the driver, which resulted in an arrest, and removed a "dead" body. Brian narrated the scene over a PA system so the students could better follow the action from the Fire and EMS point of view, and Twisp PD Chief Paul Budrow narrated the field sobriety test.

The students then moved back into the gym for a "memorial service" complete with an open casket. When the students looked into the casket they discovered a mirror reflecting back their own image. The event wrapped up with a few final thoughts and parting words to reinforce that there can be drastic consequences to poor decisions.

Entities Involved with the Mock Crash:
Okanogan County Fire District 6
Aero Methow Rescue Service
Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. High School
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
Twisp Police Department
Precht, Harrison, Narrents Chapel
Jenny Jones (Survivor)
Jeremiah Fosness (PA System)
Winthrop Kiwanis Club
Liberty Bell Key Club
Josh Kulsrud (donated vehicle)
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