High School 9-1-1 chronicles a year in the life of the only ambulance service in Darien, Conn. that just happens to be run by high school teenagers. This one-of-a-kind organization services 20,000 residents 365 days a year and responds to over 1,500 emergency calls annually.
The foundation of Darien EMS–Post 53 is the empowerment of young people through adult and peer mentorship. The goal of the film is to inspire young people and motivate the adults in their lives to create opportunities for them to learn by doing. “Posties” are taught a multitude of managerial, critical thinking and emergency medical skills and then given the responsibility to implement what they have learned by actually running their own EMS organization.
Filmmaker Tim Warren has a unique perspective as a member of the Darien EMS–Post 53 from 1982 to 1985. He also served as the organization’s VP of Operations during his senior year of high school. The film debuted at the 25th Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.