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Students pose as trauma "victims"

Recently, students from Rutland's Stafford Technical Center's SADD Chapter recently volunteered their time as "victims" at a training done for EMS, emergency services workers.

The course, "Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support" is for rescue and ambulance employees, and requires a practical final exam for completion. The exam stretched over an entire weekend, and students provided live "victims" to be prodded, poked, tapped, and listened to with stethoscopes.

Students also worked from scripts provided to them and, if they were "conscious", were able to explain how their injury happened and how they felt to the "rescuers".

The EMS students were graded by evaluators based on their responses to the victims.

This represented a great match between the high school students and the EMS staffers who were taking the course. Three of the four volunteers are in Stafford Technical Center's Health Careers Academy are interested in careers in health care. The fourth student is in the Public Safety Services Program and is interested in a career in firefighting and rescue. The three students in the Health Careers Academy, who all showed up on a Sunday afternoon, are all juniors- Kayla Thomas and Colton Francis from Rutland High School and Brittany Pierce of Fair Haven Union High School. Erika Stocker, a senior in the Public Safety Services Program from Mill River Union High School, volunteered all day Saturday as well as Sunday afternoon.

By having students act as victims rather than having the EMS test-takers interact with dummies, the testing became much more valuable. It also provided great insight for the high school students into a career field that they are exploring. Experiences like this allow students to develop as community leaders and to be positive role models, which are two of SADD's goals.

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