MONTVILLE, NJ – On July 22, the Montville Township First Aid Squad cadets reviewed life-saving techniques at their monthly meeting.
Cadets are high school students 16 years or older who are not certified EMTs, but CPR/AED certified. During the summer months, many cadets have the opportunity to volunteer, with most riding at least three hours a week.
Sal Khan, a cadet advisor, said, “Cadets provide an integral service to the squad during calls. They assist crew members in providing patient care, preparing the appropriate equipment and doing what is necessary to ensure the patient's well being and comfort on the scene and in transport to the hospital.”
There are special rules for cadets as well. For example, they are not allowed outside of the ambulance on a highway call; also, if the crew chief deems a call inappropriate, they must sit in the front of the ambulance instead of assisting with the patient.
“Safety is always a top concern for our squad,” Khan said, “and we do what we can to ensure the safety of all parties involved in a call.”
Many cadets volunteer for the first aid squad because they want to go into the medical field upon graduation. Jennifer Weiss, a junior at Montville Township High School, said, “I want to be a doctor but I also wanted to do something for the community, so I joined the squad. Now I am going to EMT school and hope to pass the test on August 23.”
Lorrin Stone, a senior at MTHS, stated, “I joined because I wanted to have fun and help others. I want to be a doctor, and joining will help me build people skills. Although I can't help people medically, because I am not an EMT, I can help them by talking to them in times of need.”
“Many cadets go on to become EMTs and stay on the squad after high school,” Kahn said. “When they are home from college, they are always welcome to continue riding. In the past, some cadets even got a parent involved. Many times, the parent drives the cadet to EMT school, so they feel they might as well take the class and get involved with their child. We can always use more volunteers at our squad.”
To volunteer as a dispatcher, driver or EMT for the Montville Township First Aid Squad, go to www.montvillefas.org. Training and uniforms are provided. You can volunteer for a 6-12 hour shift weekly by going to the above website and completing the application.
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