High school students train with firefighters to save car crash victims

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RIVERTON (News4Utah) – Students in the EMT program at JATC trained Friday with Unified Fire Authority. The team simulated a car crash by treating the injured and cutting away the car in order to remove the person safely. 

The students played the role of EMTs and the injured. Unified Fire Authority took the opportunity to train their Heavy Rescue team using real equipment. Watch video of the crew taking the tops off of two cars in Sarah Martin’s report above. 

Taylor Sandstrom is a firefighter and EMT and this semesters teacher. He said the class is all about providing real-world experience. “We want to find those kids who have that desire, foster it young, and get them in the game so that they can spend their career serving the public.”

Unified Fire also uses the opportunity to recruit students. Sandstrom said, “In the five to six years that we’ve been running this program, Unified Fire has hired 10 people to come work for us in some capacity.”

The students leave the class with an EMT certification and nine credits of college classes for only $5 per credit. 

For more information on JATC and the EMT program, visit their website

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