University Relations and Communications

July 12, 2018

 

campers look over the St. Vincent Healthcare Help Flight helicopter

 

MSU Billings hosts Intro to EMS camp for youth

Kids on Campus holds week-long camp to introduce students to emergency medical services

 

Contacts:

University Relations and Communications, 657-2266

 

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Montana State University Billings is currently holding an introduction to emergency medical services camp at City College through Kids on Campus.

 

An inaugural camp, Lights and Sirens 101 began this week at City College, led by the Paramedic Program Director Chad Landon and teaching staff in the program. Nine campers in grades 5-9 participating in the camp will have the opportunity to practice lifesaving skills on the same equipment that students in the paramedic program do and will get to interact with the City College paramedic teaching staff, who are also working emergency medical providers.

 

The camp features the opportunity for campers to have a look inside the world of emergency response with the hope that it sparks their interest in the field. On Tuesday, July 10, campers were able to see a St. Vincent Healthcare Help Flight helicopter up close when it landed in the City College parking lot. Campers’ questions were answered by flight nurses as they explored the helicopter inside and out during the exciting morning.

 

Campers will also have the opportunity to visit with EMTs and paramedics and fire fighters during the duration of the camp and will have the opportunity to see the inside of an American Medical Response ambulance and a Billings Fire Department firetruck.  Campers will be exposed to many skills throughout the camp including intravenous access, intubations, cervical spine immobilizations, CPR, patient assessment, and obtaining vitals. 

 

“Most people are not given this opportunity to see what emergency personnel do unless they need to use them,” shared Landon. “This benefits MSUB by giving these campers a look at what paramedics do and hopefully will spark some interest for them to pursue a career in an emergency services field.” 

 

Lights and Sirens 101 is part of Kids on Campus at MSU Billings. Kids on Campus gives elementary-to-high-school-aged students the opportunity to experience life on MSU Billings’ campus and allows them to explore the university and City College campuses while having a fun and relaxing time participating in hands-on camps. A wide variety of camps are offered yearly for Kids on Campus, from practical training and career-oriented camps to camps focused on creativity. MSU Billings also offers I Think camps during the summer months.

 

More information about Kids on Campus and I Think camps can be found here.

 

For more information contact Chad Landon at 406-247-3076 or clandon@msubillings.edu.