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(Thurs., July 29, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today congratulated participants in the City’s Junior Paramedic Program who have been learning new lifesavings skills and exploring career opportunities.

“This one-week course gives our youth a closer look at what it’s like to be in the lifesaving business, and the participants have done an excellent job,” Caldwell said. “They are mentored by working paramedics, emergency medical personnel and other 911 responders to learn first-hand that quick thinking and professional skills can make the difference between life and death.”

The program, which began in 2005, has allowed teens between the ages of 14 and 17 to learn through classroom instruction and hands-on mentoring.

“In addition to learning about the emergency medical system and having a lot of fun, the teenagers leave the program certified in CPR and first aid,” said Honolulu Emergency Services Department Director James Ireland, MD. “We are also hoping that some of the participants will consider a career with the Emergency Medical Services Division.”

Caldwell said he is very proud that the City is able to offer such a program for high school-age teens. Two former Junior Paramedics now work for the Emergency Services Division.

“This is a great way for students to explore career opportunities by taking a closer look at the actual emergency response process and the day-to-day duties of our paramedics,” Caldwell said. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to build public-private partnerships.”

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii has committed to helping support the City’s Junior Paramedic Program, and other private organizations have also expressed interest.

The next Junior Paramedic Program session will be held from Oct. 4 through Oct. 8. Participants must be age 14 through 17, and must bring their own lunch each day. To sign up, call 723-7814 between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm, Mon. through Fri.


Media Contact: Bryan Cheplic, HESD Public Information Officer, 723-7814