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Emergycare Holds First "Camp EMS"

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30 teenagers got an up-close look at what it's like to be an emergency responder.

It's called "Camp EMS", and it was happening at Allegheny College.

Emergycare put the camp together for the first time this year.

The teens learned how to save lives, but being an EMT is so much more than that.

The students got a real sense of how to work together, manage stress, and keep a hectic situation under control.

The 30 high school students came from all around the area, from Erie, to Girard, to Greenville.

The camp was action packed and very hands- on, with students learning stabilization and resuscitation techniques.

When they graduate Friday night they won't be certified paramedics, but they'll be certified in CPR and ready to take additional EMT courses.

In Pennsylvania, you only have to be 16 to be a certified EMT, and many of the campers said that's definitely in their future.

"I'm gonna be working this summer to pay for the EMT classes, but yea I'm definitely gonna look forward to going into it," said Austin Bowers, a Junior from Girard High School. 

"I'm taking my EMT class in August," said Tyler Hunt of Greenville. He said he hopes to make a career working at "a paid fire house working either on an ambulance or on a fire truck or both."

The top four performers will receive a $500 scholarship to attend EMT classes.

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