The flu bug wreaked havoc on Emergency Services Day. The YLP class took off from Calvary High School without six sick students. After the initial bump in the road, the bus traveled to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The class presented preemie clothes, hats, booties, and nightgowns to the neonatal unit to give back to the community.
The day moved on to the 9-1-1 Center. The class was educated on emergency management response and how the community came together to ride out Hurricane Irma. We left for Sunstar EMS where the kids got to see an example of life-saving responses and get hands-on with the many rescue vehicles. The United States Coast Guard Station began with a guided tour of the rescue vehicles, including a Jayhawk helicopter. It was highlighted by an in-depth interview with a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. The day ended at the St. Petersburg College Fire Training Facility where the class was given the opportunity to be a fireman for an hour. The class did an extraction from a building, crawled through an attic simulator, and learned how to shoot a fire hose. The skills challenge was the culmination of a great day.
Nancy St. Arnold and Brian Siracusa