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Students get hands on experience with emergency services

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Rapid City Area schools have partnered with various oganizations to provide students with a hands on experience, outside the class, and away from the books.   Some high school students had a chance Saturday to explore emergency services with the Rapid City Fire Department.  

"Saving people would be fun" Ty Habbe a senior at Stevens High School says. He is thinking about being an EMT. "We are learning about EMT stuff, showing us some cool stuff" Habbe says. Habbe and six other students are getting the chance to learn about. At the Fire Ops 101 class in emergency response.    

"Today we are doing ems so they are learning about emergency response services, some of the basic things, some more of the technical things, so they get an idea of what to do" Jim Bussel, a Rapid City Fire Department paramedic.

Bussels says this program helps students explore different career paths.  He says "The biggest stressor that young people this age have when they get to their junior, senior year of high school is trying to figure out what they do next."  

And Saturday what's next for these students is extraction training. "They are going to get their hands on some extraction equipment and practice taking apart cars and they'll learn about some of the technical rescue stuff." Students busted out windows and pried open doors. Bussels says "we aren't necessarily trying to push them toward a careers in fire or EMS, we are just trying to push them toward something."  

Habbe says "I do a lot of rock climbing, so I'm outside quite a bit so working outside could be fun."

The Fire Ops 101 course also included a history of the fire service, the science of fire and fire behavior.

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