A local program that gets students involved with emergency services is looking to grow its membership.
The Forsyth County EMS Explorers allows those aged 14-21 to get a feel for careers in emergency medicine, firefighting and health care, and officials with the group are hoping to sign more people up ahead of their next meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Central EMS office at 106 Colony Park Drive in Cumming.
“This is a great opportunity for Forsyth County teens to gain first-hand experience in the field of emergency medicine,” Director Adam Martin said in a news release. “We teach the Explorers procedures that will be used in all sorts of situations. It’s a way for them to practice these essential skills and knowledge long before they become professionals.”
The Explorers are sponsored by Central EMS and lets students get classroom knowledge and hands-on experience at meetings twice per month. Students will get experience in checking blood pressure, wound care and CPR certification.
“These kids will get up early Saturday mornings in the fall to travel to Georgia Tech and assist emergency personnel with first aid at home football games,” said John Henke, a coordinator with the group. “Most of their classmates are still asleep, and these young people are dealing with heat, injuries and rowdy fans. It’s impressive.”
Last year, Explorers practiced emergency scenarios on Sawnee Mountain simulating a victim falling from the top of the mountain and suffering life-threatening injuries.
The group also annually takes part in Winterfest, a competition with other Explorer programs, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Two teams from Forsyth won first and third at the most recent competition.
“I have definitely enjoyed being part of the program,” said Lambert High School senior Trevor Starling, who has been in the program for three years and hopes to be a trauma surgeon. “It allows us to be exposed to a lot of stuff in the medical field. We see stuff that we’d not see otherwise. We learn a lot of information you don’t learn in school and you’re likely not to learn until you’re in EMT school or the late stages of med school.”
Explorers are required to pay a $60 registration fee and to wear uniforms to meetings and events. Those interested in joining the group are encouraged to come to the next meeting.