Paramedic and EMT offer a real-world view of what it is like to respond to emergency requests
Sixty students enrolled in the Taft Career Technical Education Center's Healthcare Careers program got a first-hand look at an advanced life support ambulance and a chance to hear from a paramedic and emergency medical technician about their careers at Hall Ambulance Service.
The program is run by Taft Union High School and provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn more about various healthcare careers.
The visit is timely given the program recently received $80,000 in grant funding that enabled them to set up a room where students work through modular units related to several healthcare occupations including EMT, dentistry, sports medicine, and medical billing.
Paramedic Heather Lee and EMT Edlin Zavala offered a real-world view of what it is like to respond to emergency requests for medical aid for incidents like cardiac arrest, stroke, and traumatic injuries—and the rewarding experience that comes as a result of helping someone in need. The students were excited to learn about the workforce development program Hall Ambulance offers through its EMT Academy.
Lee, an alum of the program shared how she was able to fast-track her career at the Company, which also included being sponsored into the Bakersfield College Paramedic Training program.