Not just an after school job; CHS EMTs save lives


By Jake Herman and Becky Wolfson

From athletics to clubs, and everything in between, extracurriculars can shape one’s high school experience. However, for student Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), an after-school activity can mean saving lives.


Seniors Taylor Kline and Bridgette Warner are among the CHS students who devote their time to volunteering as an EMT at the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department (CJPVFD). They assist professional paramedics in treating patients and documenting information. A big part of their job is performed during a patient’s transport in the ambulance to the hospital.


“I wanted to give back to the community, and EMT volunteer work was the best means to do so,” Warner said. “It was one of the best decisions I have made.”

Warner began her service as a volunteer EMT by simply walking into the fire station and requesting an application, whereas Kline applied after being referred by a friend. From there, Kline and Warner went through rigorous training programs and classes to be able to conduct their duties.


“It was very challenging managing the work I had as a junior at CHS and training to be an EMT,” Warner said. “Getting an EMT license takes a lot of dedication and hours, but it has been worth it.”


According to Kline, she attended online training, EMT class three times a week, CPR training, a 250 hour class and must attend annual recertification.


Kline joined the CJPVFD as an EMT in May 2016 and has since worked shifts once a week. At times, she has worked overnight shifts on days with no school.


“It can be very stressful,” Kline said. “[They’re] not normal everyday tasks, but I’m always making someone feel better and helping people feel good.”


Both students remarked that a calm demeanor has helped them be successful in their positions as EMTs so far.


According to Warner, she was able to calm down a panicked patient by holding his hand in an ambulance. She added that “sometimes just letting someone know you’re there is the best care anyone can give.”


Both students’ experiences volunteering as EMTs have increased their interest in pursuing a health profession, both in the near and distant future.


“I [have learned] many leadership and management skills,” Warner said. “Above all, I am so thankful to be a part of the fire station’s supportive, strong community.”


After so many weeks with the station, Kline’s experiences have inspired her to pursue a future career that requires a similar skill-set.


“[Doing this] has made me realize I need to work in the healthcare industry,” said Kline. “[I want to] be around people and help them.”