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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:13 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2007

City offers teens junior paramedic program

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu Emergency Services Department will offer its junior paramedic program for the third consecutive year this summer.

Enrollment in the four-week program is being expanded to 40 students because of growing demand.

"The junior paramedic program provides students a unique opportunity to take a hands-on approach and be directly involved in the lifesaving process," Dr. Elizabeth Char, City Emergency Services director, said in a news release issued today.

"There aren't many opportunities like this which allow students to get an up close view of the actual emergency response process and the day-to-day duties of our paramedics."

Under the direction of veteran paramedic Ian Santee, students will learn through classroom instruction as well as field trips that include direct interaction with actual paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other first responders.

The free program runs from June 18 to July 13. Classes are held weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program is open only to students ages 14 to 17 who have completed their freshman year of high school and have not yet graduated from high school. To apply, contact Santee, the Junior Paramedic program director, at 285-7044.