GC EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES CLASS – Recently the Gibson County High School emergency medical services class received a visit from Vanderbilt LifeFlight from Paris. Gibson County students (front row) are Alicia Forrest, Hayley Stephenson, Mackenzie Delgado, Shelby Thompson, Kaytlan Griffin, Hunter McCall, instructor Caitlin Clenney, GSSD SRO Kelvin Tosh, (back row) RN, EMT Daniel Ford, Matt Spoon, pilot Jason Cooper, and GC Fire Chief Bryan Cathey. (Photo by Lori Cathey)
by Lori Cathey
Recently, the Gibson County High School emergency medical services class received a visit from Vanderbilt LifeFlight of Paris. Vanderbilt LifeFlight provides critical care emergency medical transport needs by helicopter.
The helicopter has a three person crew with a pilot, registered nurse and a paramedic. Jason Cooper the pilot for Vanderbilt LifeFlight, helicopter is from Dyer and also graduated from Gibson County High School.
Students were able to talk with the crew and ask question about working for emergency medical transport.
Gibson County High School emergency medical services class gives students a glimpse into the inside details of working the medical field. Plenty of high schoolers plan on working in the medical field, but not many of them have never had any experience in the field. This class teaches students skills and gives them direct experience in various medical fields.
Caitlin Clenney is the Health Science instructor for the emergency medical dervices class. Students come out of the class knowing in what direction they might want to go with some hands-on training. It is also valuable to expose students to the pros and cons of a medical field career in case medicine isn’t right for them before spending time and money on college courses.