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Friday morning Alexander’s fire responders, Mercy EMS and the Sheriff’s Office teamed up for their annual prom safety drills.

Oakfield-Alabama had their drills Thursday night.

Chief of the Oakfield Fire Department Sean Downing said the realistic drills are done each year to demonstrate to high school students what happens at the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident. 

“Usually we make it as severe as we can with multiple injuries. So we need multiple agencies coming in to assist. Usually there is some entrapment to show them how we have to extricate a person and how long it takes to get a person out of the vehicle,” said Downing.

Downing said students were chosen to be the victims during the drills and then Mercy Flight or Mercy EMS responded to the fictional scene. He said he hopes the realistic drill will convey the serious repercussions of drinking and driving and texting while driving. 

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