Nanuet Student Members of the Ambulance Corps Learn Skills and Help Others

Shane Romer

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At Nanuet Senior High School, many students, especially those interested in the medical field, choose to volunteer for the local Ambulance Corps. Captain Mary Somma, a junior at Nanuet, has spoken on her personal experiences with the organization and provided details on some of the specifics of being a part of it. To join, you have to submit an online form and then your name is put onto a waiting list. At 14 years old, you can sign up, however, you cannot ride on the ambulance until you are 15 due to the amount of time it takes to get certifications. You must commit to a 12 hour minimum per month in order to remain in the Ambulance Corps. Once you begin, you mostly assist the EMT, or emergency medical technician, and with more training comes more responsibility. An example of a more advanced task would be taking the patient’s vitals, helping train you to become an EMT.

After being in the club for a year, Mary took on the position of Secretary for about six months, before the group voted her as Captain. Some of her responsibilities include creating lesson plans, managing several branches of the organization, and dealing with internal problems. Overall, Mary feels being a member of the corps is a valuable experience, allowing you to meet new people and get involved in the medical field. However, she warns that it can be gory and you can be exposed to some emotionally disturbed patients, assist with deliveries of babies, help injured people at car crashes, and sometimes even have to deal with people who are deceased.

Many students here at Nanuet take part in this beneficial program and feel that it’s an excellent way to earn the volunteer hours needed to graduate. Janet Mohsen, a senior, who joined the Ambulance Corps within the past year or two, shared her experiences with the Knight Times. She, similar to Mary, has an interest in the medical field and wanted to see if she even enjoyed the field and gain valuable experience. She thinks it’s a great way to meet people in the medical world, form connections and meet new people and learn to work alongside them. Janet has witnessed strokes, seizures, and four deaths. She says, “It’s easy picturing yourself in a certain career, but it’s not until you get the hands-on experience, that you discover if you’re passionate about it.” She said that someone without a leadership role will organize the ambulance, wear medical uniforms, and wait for a call to assist the paramedics and EMTs. Although there is a waiting list, Janet believes being a member of the ambulance corps is a worthwhile experience for almost any teenager to have and is something students should think about and consider.

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