Physicians and employees from the Emergency Services Department at participated Thursday with Rowland High School in the “Every 15 Minutes” program.
The nationwide program provides high school juniors and seniors with a realistic look at the consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The intent of the program is to help high school students identify the fact that their behavior has a rippling effect on those around them, friends, family, classmates, etc.
The activity involved Rowland High School juniors and seniors. “Victims” are brought to the Emergency Services Department where a team of physicians and support staff simulate a resuscitation that is not successful.
The scene is videotaped and shown the next day at a school assembly, followed by a mock funeral for the student.
“This is a life altering event. Even if we can prevent one person from getting behind the wheel while being drunk, this program is worth it,” says Donald Fernald, Chief of Police, Rowland Unified School District. “We are grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with us over the years.”