EAST at Valley View to Produce First Responder Safety Video


EAST at Valley View to Produce First Responder Safety Video
8/6/2013 3:33:25 PM

Students from Valley View's EAST classroom are working with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to create an informational safety video for first responders.

By Sarah Morris
Sun Staff Writer

JONESBORO – A hypothetical accident on U.S. 63 has first responders needing to extract a victim from a vehicle.

However, first responders must first cut the road’s new cable median barrier – a move that could potentially hurt emergency personnel as well.

How first responders should safely deal with the barrier, also called a wire rope safety fence, is the primary focus of a joint effort – the ARMS Project – between the Valley View EAST [program] and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

“I just hope it is something they can use and not something that will be put in the back of a filing cabinet,” Senior Austin Reddell said.

The ARMS (Arkansas Responders Median Safety) Project has four students creating an informational safety video. It will take 80 hours to complete with students starting Monday to decide the direction they want the 5-minute video to take and to meet with District 10 Construction Engineer, Brad Smithee.

“They are going to try to assemble a video that could be shared with the public, media and first responders on what they need to know,” Smithee said.

Smithee said, if cut incorrectly, the tightly-pulled wires could hurt someone as it releases tension and is more difficult to repair. The cable median barrier can be found in Jonesboro on U.S. 63 between Dan Avenue and Commerce Drive. It then skips to near Marked Tree and continues across town.

Another barrier stretches from where U.S. 63 intersects Interstate 55 and continues 45 miles to the state line skipping sections where construction is taking place.

The movie will be modeled off of a similar one completed for the state of Michigan.

“The hardest part I feel like will be getting our footage of the guardrails because of the traffic,” Reddell said.

Some footage will also be provided because Hall said she didn’t want the students out there while the highway department was working.

An EAST Initiative Beyond the Bell grant for summer projects will pay for the work. EAST facilitator Toni Hall said the grant is an exciting opportunity that allows students to meet people and work with an agency such as the highway department.

It also allows participating students to be paid $8 per hour and to purchase close to $10,000 worth of equipment. Hall said this includes a professional video camera, digital camera, DVD duplicator, tripod, headset and microphone – all equipment students will need for future projects.

The work is not new.

"Every student has a project, but a lot of these students work together,” Hall said.

The projects have the students going into the community to work with community organizations and agencies. Hall said students take their interests and create a project that will benefit the community.

This involvement is what drew Reddell to the class when the Valley View EAST [classroom] stated in 2010.

“I just like getting to be involved in the community and being able to do what you want to do in the class,” he said. “I love technology, and you get to do projects that are going to benefit other things.”

About 110 students participated in EAST [at Valley View High School] during the 2012-2013 school year.

Hall said 180 students signed up for the upcoming year, but “That’s way more than I can take.”

Original story from the Jonesboro Sun on Wednesday, July 31, 2013: https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=609430fbd7&view=att&th=140354b22a60c932&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_hjsocp6s0&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P-fEpywnNkNmB6PqBtQhsaC&sadet=1375292378515&sads=dyrMHLebdZ9jN0NB1oHzurm_si0

Photo of Austin Reddell and courtsey of Sarah Morris and the Jonesboro Sun


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