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Sheriff's Specialized Vehicle Unit Accident Rescue Drill

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In recreational areas of Washoe County, serious accidents can take place in off-road areas.

That's why Saturday morning; volunteers with the Sheriff's Specialized Vehicle Unit conducted an ATV accident rescue drill.

Search and rescue volunteers and REMSA took part in the exercise on the slopes of Peavine Mountain, where they say time is critical in these types of rescue drills.

15 volunteers went out in teams of two to try and locate the fallen ATV riders. Two subjects were in the simulated crash, one who was wearing a helmet and one who was not.

The accident subjects were located approximately a mile and a half away from the search and rescue team. The subject who was wearing a helmet sustained fractures and other injuries necessary for treatment, while a test dummy represented a critically injured person who was not wearing a helmet.

Lynn Macaulay hopes this drill shows the need for riders to wear helmets when riding off-road vehicles.

"Always tell somebody where you're going and what you're plans are and always bring the tools to help yourself," says Macaulay.

The Sheriff's Specialized Vehicle Unit says they conduct these kind of trainings about 12 times a year.    

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