MINERVA - They got their legs stabilized with a traction splint, had their blood pressures taken, were strapped onto a stiff backboard, experimented with bag valve masks, and had their oxygen levels checked. They were elementary students, and weren't injured or sick, but they learned a lot about the job that emergency medical personnel do if and when there is a real medical emergency.
Students from Minerva Central School got a hands-on experience in EMS May 28, when members of the Minerva Rescue Squad came to the school with the rescue squad ambulance and a lot of important rescue equipment. The idea was to help the k-5 students become aware of how rescue squad people help those in need and to get an idea of how and why needed equipment is used. Some of the kids said they were really interested in helping on the ambulance when they got older.
"Will it hurt?" asked young Lucas Vogel as Certified First Responder Cameron Dubay placed a blood pressure cuff on Lucas' arm.
"No, it's just going to hug your arm, Lucas," said Cameron.
And after a little worry on Lucas' part, it didn't hurt at all.
"What's this for?" asked Connor Davie over at the oxygen/breathing table about a bag valve mask, which is designed to help people in need breathe much better.
"Cool," "Can I try," and "Wow" were a few of the exclamations heard around the MCS gymnasium, where lots of equipment was available for the kids to touch and use.
Stations were set up for splinting broken limbs, providing breathing assistance, backboarding, and vital signs/checking heart rhythms. Before the students left the gymnasium to visit the back of the Minerva ambulance, they were given EMS balloons, coloring books, and magnets that help someone recognize stroke symptoms.
Minerva squad members who were involved in the event included Cameron Dubay, Lynn Green, Terri Haley, Meghan LeVeille, and Karen Wright.