Emergency medical services students attend field trip

Emergency medical services students attended a field trip Monday, Nov. 18 at Mt. San Antonio College.

The students were taught by experts such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics in the emergency response field. They learned basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) skills through activities which included using a fire extinguisher, analyzing handwriting forensically and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“I was looking forward to doing CPR. I enjoyed that part because it can be the most useful skill,” freshman Jacob McBride said. “When it’s just you and someone else, if you know how to do CPR, you could save their life.”

While the course primarily focuses on academic discussion, the field trip allowed for a hands-on experience that differed from what would be covered in the typical curriculum. The students got a view of what exactly the emergency procedures would look like in person rather than simply hearing about them in the classroom. 

“It’s a first-hand experience, so you can actually see how [the emergency procedures] are done live,” junior Adrian Barajas said. “It gives us more of an insight [into] how professionals actually do their work.”

By Natalie Cheng, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Erica Blake


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