Bozeman Students Training to Be Emergency First Responders

By: Kristy Wolski Email
By: Kristy Wolski Email

A group of Deane Bozeman High School students are enrolled in a class that's teaching them to be emergency first responders. It's a course that stretches far beyond the textbook.

Monday a life flight crew flew in from Marianna and other local emergency responders showed up to share their knowledge with the students.

"There's nothing better than waking up, going to work and helping people. These jobs are one of the few jobs I've ever found that it's a joy to get up and go to work, and that's the path these young people are on. I think they'll be very successful by starting out early in life," said Mark Bowen, Bay County Chief of Emergency Services.

Bozeman senior Jennifer Beraun already knows from personal experience that she's choosing the right career path.

"My mother and grandmother, they've been in the hospital non-stop for months and me going with my grandmother into her appointments and stuff, I've just experienced a lot in helping out with them," said Beraun.

All of the students will be a step ahead of others who are entering the field, because this course is the same that EMS, firefighters and law enforcement have to take for their professional careers.

When they graduate they'll have six college credits under their belt, but more importantly, they'll be able to make a difference when arriving to an emergency scene.

"This establishes a baseline of what to do when an emergency strikes so that we as firefighters, EMTs or paramedics arrive on scene we already have a lot of that baseline established and we can go for advanced treatment from there," said Matthew Lopez, Gulf Coast Community College adjunct professor.

The first responders course is being offered for the first time this semester in conjunction with Gulf Coast Community College.


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