Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) students got a little taste of the action during a special four-day 911 Health Careers Bootcamp hosted by IHPC in partnership with RUSD. The camp ran June 12th - 15th at the Rialto Adult School. IHPC has provided 911 Emergency Careers Bootcamps in the past with great response from students. The camp was very "hands on" with students learning how to immobilize and move victims at the scene of an accident using c-spine equipment, put on firefighting equipment, participate in interactive tours of emergency, firefighting and law enforcement vehicles, and outdoor survival techniques.
Students were surprised that the camp kicked off with a full morning of team building and communication exercises. In all emergency careers, being able to communicate quickly and effectively, and work well in a team is paramount. They began to see how important communication is to being able to help others in a variety of emergency situations. The Real Colors personality test also gave them insight into how they relate to the world and others. It was the perfect start to three action-packed days!
Students heard from some phenomenal guest speakers including ER travel nurse, Hannah Giboney, who shared hair-raising stories about working in Iraq in war-torn ISIS territory. Mark Oswood, who coordinates the outdoor wellness program at Cal State San Bernardino, taught wilderness first aid, outdoor survival, and exposed the students to careers involving wildnerness rescue. Students were given towels and ripped blankets which they they had to fashion into emergency neck braces and slings. Dr. Anthony Choi, brought a new perspective to applied science by explaining his career as a medical expert witness for court cases involving car accidents. He demonstrated how the use of science and physics helps him determine the probability and severity of injury in a motor vehicle accident. Through his talk students better understood the long term effects of an accident on the human body.
It was Lisa Comnick, a San Bernardino County paramedic/firefighter, and founder of the EMS Bootcamp held in Angelus Oaks, who brought her team in to run the emergency response aid and rescue mission drills. Students really got into the action when they were divided up into teams to rescue victims (other students) of a motor vehicle accident. The "car crash" simulation enabled the students to use their newfound team building skills to work together, manage obstacles in their path, and make a successful and safe rescue of their fellow students "trapped" in the jeep placed on the "scene".
The camp was rounded out by additional career presentations on firefighting, peace enforcement, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Each student received CPR certification and walked away with increased knowledge and interest in this exciting and challenging field. This program would not have been possible without the partnership of the following people and organizations:
- Lisa Comnick, San Bernardino County Fire
- Mark Oswood, Outdoor Wellness Program, CSUSB
- Dr. Anothy Choi, Medical Expert Witness
- Hannah Giboney, Loma Linda University
- Rialto PD & CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team)
- Rialto Fire Departmet
- American Medical Response (CPR Certification)