Community paramedics Maggie Fields and Craig Chapman recently visited Alexander Park Elementary School for the day. They visited each class to talk about when and how to call 9-1-1. Students then had the opportunity to call 9-1-1 and role play with a real 9-1-1 operator. Classes also learned how to recognize when someone is choking and how to show others if you are choking. Staff had the opportunity to brush up on their response to choking using Rescue Anne manikins in a separate session.
Community paramedicine improves access to health care in rural and remote communities by expanding the role of qualified paramedics, including using their training and expertise in community-based, non-emergency care roles.
Alexander Park students learned the importance of knowing their addresses and phone numbers as well as the importance of knowing how to describe where they are if they are not at home. Many people in our community do not know that 9-1-1 can only trace a cell phone to the nearest cell tower, which for town residents is at the fire hall. If you are on a cell phone you have to be able to give the 9-1-1 operator more information about where you are for a quicker response.
Thank you to our community paramedics for the visiting us at to Alexander Park Elementary School!