MINERVA - Volunteers from the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad descended on Minerva Central School May 20 to bring awareness of the importance of emergency first aid to as many students as possible.
Students from pre-k to high school seniors had the chance to participate in activities that promoted the need for good first aid and an understanding of some of the equipment that is used in medical emergencies.
The activities were all part of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, a national effort to bring awareness to kids and adults of the importance of good emergency medical care. Minerva squad members first visited elementary classrooms, bringing with them items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, splints and other equipment. The idea was to give the kids some hands-on experience with some of the same things that EMS personnel use.
"Cool" was one of the most heard comments from the students during the elementary room activities. Fun things like coloring books, pencils, stickers and junior EMT hats were given out to all the kids at the end of the visits.
From the elementary classes, rescue squad members moved on to the MCS gymnasium, where they met with middle and high school students to talk about the importance of EMS followed by a series of participatory activities. The students were able to engage in three different emergency first aid scenario demonstrations: a serious bleeding injury, a possible broken arm, and a combination fall/head injury.
Students were genuinely involved in the activities, whether on the elementary, middle school, or high school level. From the most basic thing (like calling 911) to other first aid activities, students got a chance to participate in scenarios and handle EMS equipment.
Most importantly, awareness of the need for emergency services readiness surfaced.