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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2005
20 TEENS ENROLL IN
Twenty teen-agers are getting an up-close look at the paramedic’s profession this summer as members of the City’s first Junior Paramedics class. The program is an innovation of the Emergency Medical Services Division of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.
The students range from 14 to 17 years old. The daily classes run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They began Monday and run through July 15. Directed by veteran paramedic Ian Santee, the Junior Paramedics program is similar to the Ocean Safety Division’s popular Junior Lifeguards program.
The students learn what paramedics do on the job, through classroom instruction, field trips and interaction with not only paramedics and emergency medical technicians, but also Ocean Safety Division water safety officers and other 911 responders. The students will also learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, with a goal of earning certification by the end of the course.
“We wanted something that would allow the junior paramedics to take a hands-on approach so they could be involved in the system rather than just watch,” said Dr. Elizabeth Char, City Emergency Services director. “We’d like to raise awareness in the community about the demanding but satisfying job the paramedics do every day to protect our community and save lives and these youths are part of that community.
“Perhaps as a result of the Junior Paramedic program one or more of the participants will consider a career in Emergency Medical Services as a paramedic, as some sort of first responder or even in the field of healthcare. We offer a very ‘hands on’ glimpse into all of that,” said Char.
Ian Santee, Junior Paramedics program director, 285-7044
|Friday, June 24, 2005|