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Students play victims, lifesavers for a day

Five students from Stafford Technical Center's SADD Chapter in Rutland recently volunteered their time as "victims" at a training done for emergency services workers (EMS). Two members of the Rutland Police Cadets were invited and participated as victims.

The course, titled "Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support", is for rescue and ambulance employees, and requires a practical final exam for completion.

The attendees were from a variety of area ambulance and rescue squads, and included one student from Quebec.

The exam stretched over an entire weekend, and students acted as live "victims" to be prodded, poked, tapped, and listened to with stethoscopes. They 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.

Four of the five volunteers are in Stafford Technical Center's Health Careers Academy and are interested in careers in health care. The fourth student is in the Public Safety Services Program and is interested in a career in law enforcement, and is also a police cadet for the Rutland City Police Department.

The four students in the Health Careers Academy were Emily Burke and Taylor Diefendorf from Poultney High School, Emily Newton of Fair Haven Union High School, and Yulia Smith. Emily Fredette, a senior in the Public Safety Services Program from Fair Haven Union High School, volunteered all-day Saturday as did fellow police cadets Andrew Doll and Paige Prouty.

Bill Mapes, the training coordinator at Regional Ambulance Service, was the program coordinator for this training.

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