Redding, CA. - October 17, 2019 - St. Elizabeth Community Hospital recently donated an ambulance to Red Bluff High School. The ambulance will be used in an EMT training course offered to high school students.
“This is going to assist the next generation of EMS providers by providing hands-on training. For students who decide to have an EMS career, this will not only be beneficial for their future, but for the future of our community. We are proud to be taking part in furthering their education,” said Teresa Davis, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital (SECH) EMS Operations Supervisor. “This ambulance was used at SECH, but because of the high mileage we were not able to use it on 911 calls. Since the ambulance is still in great shape, we couldn’t think of a better way for it to be used than by our future healthcare providers.”
Davis also assists in training students by coaching them in the field during medical responses. Students are required to have contact with ten patients to complete the course. Scott Splanger, Instructor of the EMT class said there are only a few schools in the state that offer this course at the high school level.
“Students have the opportunity to learn how to load patients into an ambulance, how to perform CPR and other life-saving efforts in a confined space. They are learning skills that you can’t explain on a whiteboard or from a PowerPoint presentation in a classroom,” said Splanger. “We are thankful for this generous donation and the opportunity that St. Elizabeth Community Hospital has given us.”
This course is governed through the Department of Transportation with high school students having the opportunity to receive dual college credits.
(From left to right: Cody Dodd (Paramedic, Tonya LeDonne (EMT, Red Bluff High School students, Teresa Davis (SECH EMS Operations Supervisor), Scott Splanger (RBH Instructor).
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