Spotlight on Youth: Students use hands on training for real life medic work

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - This week, students at King Tech High School are putting their classroom skills to the test, which also happen to be a foundation for what they want to do in the future.

A student at King Tech High School plays the part of an injured crash victim in a simulation. (KTUU)

A chaotic scene unfolded outside the school. Two cars appeared to have collided, injuring everyone inside and hitting a student outside. This time, the crash was staged.

It was like a scene straight out of a movie, but in this case, could also have been reality. William Mouracade and Elijah Lotton are two of several students in the school's EMT class. Both have been preparing for times like this, not just for curriculum, but from their own experience with the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department.

"I was like, 'Wat can I do to get involved in my community' and what not and I saw multiple different programs," Lotton said. He decided to go volunteer for the Chugiak department. "It's working out for me," said Lotton.

"We have guidelines. Most of the time if it's a highway call I stay in the truck and so I don't deal much with that, mostly minor medical, a couple structure fires, stuff like that," added Mouracade.

Scenarios like the one played out in front of the school have opened the door to exploring a future in the field.

"It's a really good opportunity to get more EMTs in the field and have more experience and introduction that way. If you can do this class, you can know whether or not it's something you want to do with your life," said Mouracade.

Both know practice makes perfect, and while the scene was staged, the response and reaction was very much real.

"It felt pretty real, yeah I mean they're all my buddies, my class members, but it's still a pretty real situation," said Lotton.

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