The next generation of health care professionals are already testing the job in Tripp County.
Equipped with pagers, 11 Colome and Winner High School students with hopes of pursuing health care careers are getting real-world training as part of the Tripp County Ambulance Cadets program.
The program, implemented in 2013, allows the students to have their own pagers and go on ambulance calls with the local ambulance services when dispatched. They are trained in CPR and basic first-aid, and along with observing the ambulance calls, the cadets often are able to participate in providing care.
To participate, students must be 16 or older and apply by submitting an essay and application. Due to the significant amount of one-on-one training necessary to make the program a success, typically no more than 15 people are admitted to the program annually. Students then stay in the program until they graduate from high school, if they choose to stay involved.
"These cadets are the future of health care in Tripp County," Cadet Director Korie Pravecek said. "The EMTs have been wonderful with those kids, they let them get involved, do tests they can do and their skills allow and really teach them."
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