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NH teens to train for emergency response

Teens will learn emergency protocol, how to be of help and support during time of crisis, from fires to first aid to assistance during natural disaster

By Melanie Hitchcock
The Union Leader

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — The Goffstown CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will often kick into high gear in a crisis and assist police and fire departments wherever necessary. Now a younger generation will be trained as well.

The Goffstown Teen CERT, for ages 13-17, will be completely trained in the next few weeks, said Cheryl Paquette, a CERT member in Goffstown and New Boston. Members will be stationed primarily in the schools they attend.

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Austin Pitman Austin Pitman Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:27:01 AM How do I contact this company I tried there website but it did not work?
Austin Pitman Austin Pitman Friday, March 30, 2012 9:34:28 AM I am a Team Leader of A Scouts Emergency First Responder Squad I would love to help you guys get going please feel free to contact me a.p.medvents@gmail.com
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, March 30, 2012 1:27:27 PM I had become an EMT-A during the summer of my Jr. & Sr. years in high school. I was just 17, but found out that you can take the class and even the state test aat 17, but could not function until 18. There was also a girl in my same class, but I turned 18 in Sept., before her. The service was a one unit mainly large rural area. But they needed bodies, badly. There was some debate at first. But we were allowed. It didn't hurt that the school principal was in the same class and the superintendant was in the previous class. I made my first official run the day before my 18th birthday. The state allowed it so my coordinator could have a full schedule. I even got to run out of school. It was diffinatley different riding with the principal to the ambulance building. And we made a lot of night calls. Where I was willing to take any spot on the schedule, the girl in my class didn't run very much. She thought it would give her a leg up for nursing school. What was funny, they almost always had full classes, but couldn't fill two 12 hour shifts/day. I tried to get other young'uns interested, but just couldn't get anyone to commit. Some started but they either didn't take it seriously or plain flunked out. So if you have youth interested, more power to ya. But one thing I was totally up front about was that it was not an "easy A", had to be committed.
Darrell Graf Darrell Graf Sunday, April 01, 2012 8:16:07 PM Wonderful, I took my initial first aid class at age 10, then became a firefighter at age 13, and am so grateful there are more young folks looking to learn and have this experience. I believe that this keeps a person safe, as those that participate see what recklessness does, keeps them fire safe, as knowing what starts the fires and keeping those elements apart, and offers long term public service whether paid or volunteer. Congrats to all involved! Darrell Graf, Chief, Fire Academy ND. (we hold summer camps for high school-college folks for firefighting).

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