Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center Holds Emergency Drill


WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center's principal, Wendy Crawford, raised the concern of her staff when she feigned chest pain on Tuesday, December 1.

The fake attack was part of an emergency medical drill, which was organized by Crawford and the Washington Township Fire Department.

Crawford was replaced with a mannequin after assuring everyone that a drill was happening, and WTFD paramedic Dan Paceqicz then walked GTECC staff through a demonstration of what it's like to be a first responder to an emergency situation.

The training included a defibrillator (to administer shock) and several CPR-certified staff members taking part in the demonstration. Once paramedics arrived to the staged setting, the mannequin was put on an IV before being moved to a stretcher for transport to the hospital.

“This was exactly the way the process would go if this was a real situation,” said Dan Pacewicz, WTFD paramedic, addressing the center. “The only people missing today were the police department, and there are situations where they may not be involved.

"You all did very well," added Pacewicz. "You can tell that you are prepared in case something like this actually would occur.”

SNJ Today is a Southern New Jersey news and information source based in Millville, New Jersey, that is dedicated to providing current stories related specifically to South Jersey.