March 6, 2013

Emergency Responder Class offered at Central High School

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Central High School students now have the opportunity to receive certification as a “First Responder” for medical emergencies as a result of a partnership between Maury Regional Emergency Services Department (MREMS) and the Maury County School System.

The class, taught by MREMS Community Outreach Coordinator Doug Rutherford and health science teacher Mandy Wilkinson, is now under way thanks in part to funding help provided by the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation. Previously the students could take a basic emergency services class for school credit with no actual certification. This class will give them a license as a first responder prior to attending EMT or Fire Training Schools.

Classes are limited to 20 students, each of whom are required to participate in the Maury Regional EMS Explorers Post 595 where they go on actual calls with the MREMS staff. Students will spend at least 10 hours in class each week as well as a yet undetermined amount of ride time with MREMS.  Plans are under way to expand the program into other Maury County schools after this year.

“The program creates a good recruiting tool for MREMS while teaching the students basic life support and proper emergency responses,” Rutherford said.

The school system invested $3,800 in training equipment and supplies but needed help with the cost of textbooks and workbooks for the students which cost $115.25 per student. The Foundation provided nearly $3,000 to cover the cost of 26 sets of textbooks and workbooks for the students.

“The MRHC Foundation is pleased to once again partner with the Maury County School System to provide additional learning opportunities and a First Responder Certification class to the students in our area," said Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore.