POW Youth Rescue Team Planned
May 22, 2007
Klawock, Alaska - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
(SEARHC) Emergency Medical Services Department and the 4-H program
run by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension
Service are teaming up to start the Prince of Wales Youth First
Responders (POWYFR) youth rescue team.
The first orientation meetings are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 30, at the Craig City Gym and at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
June 2, at the Klawock ANB Hall. The Prince of Wales Youth First
Responders youth rescue team is for students ages 14-18 who want
to learn about medical and health careers by earning their Emergency
Trauma Technician (ETT) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
certificates from the State of Alaska.
"This group will provide actual responding resources in
communities and at special events throughout Prince of Wales
Island," said Chaundell Piburn, who will serve as coordinator
for the POWYFR team.
The POWYFR team is modeled after the award-winning Sitka Youth
First Responders (SYFR) youth rescue team that won an Alaska
Spirit of Youth award in 2006. Students in the program helped
organize a citywide flu shot clinic that vaccinated 924 people
in five hours, provided medical and crowd-control services for
local sports events, helped out at citywide and SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe
Hospital mass-casualty disaster drills, and helped out at the
Alaska State EMS Symposium. Several SYFR participants won college
scholarships for their work with the team.
Bill Winslow coordinates the SEARHC EMS Youth Program and the
SYFR program. He said creating the youth first responder teams
was a good way to introduce young people to health care careers,
give them marketable skills and give young people a positive
way they can contribute to the community. "They are a resource,
they're not just high school students," Winslow said. "They
are highly trained and poised to assist with real emergencies."
For more information, contact Chaundell Piburn in Klawock at
965-2534 or 828-3207, Karen Peterson of the UAF Cooperative Extension
Service in Craig at 828-3207, or Bill Winslow in Sitka at 966-8844.
The POWYFR e-mail address is POWYFR@hotmail.com.
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