For three days this week, students from the Mercy Flights Explorer Post Program are gaining real-life experience by visiting OHSU Hospital, Life Flight, and Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Stations.
The Explorer Post was started in 1995 in Medford, Oregon, and is made up of students ages 14 to 20 who interested in learning more about the medical field. The students have received Oregon Certified First Responder training, and through the program, are able to gain valuable experience by riding on both ground and air ambulances in and out of the Medford area. Students are also able to observe medical care in trauma centers and ride along with other EMS and Fire services.
Jessica Danich has been a Mercy Flights Explorer for two years and is interested in becoming a paramedic or firefighter someday. On Friday, March 25, 2011, Jessica joined firefighters at Station 13 in NE Portland to explore first-hand the workings of a fire station.
Jessica knows that activities and opportunities such as this will help her in choosing a career path within fire and emergency services and challenge her to become a responsible citizen within her community.
Learn more about the Mercy Flights Explorer Post Program at http://www.freewebs.com/post131/.