New Albany News

Students, firefighters partner on prom safety video


New Albany High School students produced a promotional video for the Plain Township Fire Department about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The video was released a week before the prom, which will be held April 19 at Villa Milano in Columbus.

Plain Township Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp said department officials wanted to create informational videos that could be posted on the department's Facebook page and website but with no budget and firefighters who are not trained in shooting videos, their options were limited.

"We thought it would be nice to do a couple of things that could be used as links that could be emailed out to people and people could click on and in 45 seconds get a message from it," Rupp said.

Rupp contacted New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee and learned the city had worked with two high school students to produce a community video in 2012.

McAfee said he contacted Leslie Shea, a technology and business teacher at new Albany High School, to see if the students were interested in more work.

"We started with the prom because it just seemed like a good one to do," McAfee said. "It's timely."

He said the fire department worked with senior Taylor Dorrell and juniors Wyatt Johnston and Kai Doran on the project.

Doran and Dorrell worked with Vital Cos. of Columbus in 2012 on the promotional film for the city.

Johnston said junior Max Thompson and freshman Page Stein acted in the production.

Rupp said Plain Township borrowed a car from the Mifflin Township Fire Department for the production.

The video begins with students drinking and driving, Rupp said. An accident occurs and the camera follows a Plain Township firefighter walking through an emergency scene.

The video was posted on the city's You Tube site at Rupp said it also would be on the township website and the fire department's Facebook page.

"We all had different ideas of what to include and, ultimately, it's really a product of the kids," McAfee said. "They did a phenomenal job. The videography is phenomenal."

Rupp called the draft video he reviewed last week "amazing."

"There's no way with our video camera and us trying to do it at the (fire) station we would be anywhere near the quality (of this)," Rupp said. "I was astounded."

He said the fire department wants to produce several more videos on changes to CPR and car-seat safety.

McAfee said city officials also are interested in continuing to work with the students to produce safety videos.