High School Med Students Ride on Local Ambulance

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More than a dozen students in the high school’s Medical and Health Technology Career Academy rode as volunteers with Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance during the past school year, some saving lives in the process.

“This was a unique opportunity for these students,” said Career Academy teacher Lisa Neri, who noted that the student volunteers had responded to hundreds of emergency calls ranging from cardiac arrests and traumas to drug overdoses, working with an vital organization that became what they called their “second home.”

“What they enjoyed most was the hands-on nature of their service,” Neri said. “During high intensity moments, their skills and training were put to work, with students asked to take vitals, control bleeding and even ventilate patients. They also formed close and enriching relationships with the other members at Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance, who taught them the basics of EMS.”

Many of the East Islip participants recently passed their probationary training test, and some have been encouraged by their time on the ambulance to further their medical abilities by attending an EMT-B course.