Students receive EMT casualty training in Durham

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Local paramedics and students from a local health magnet school participated in Friday's training (WTVD)

High school students who are training to be Emergency Medical Technicians got some experience handling casualties at the City of Medicine in Durham on Friday.

Local paramedics and students from a local health magnet school participated in the drill. It was a win-win for health professionals and students.

Brianka Rainford is only 17, but she's already learning to save lives. She and about a dozen students from the City of Medicine Academy are getting certified to become EMTs.

"I want to go to med school," Rainford said. "My dream is to become a cardio surgeon. I need 1,000 hours to go to medical school, so once I get my card when I turn 18, I can start working as an EMT and get my hours toward medical school."

The students' training session also served as a drill for the Durham County EMS Academy.

"The get to come out and do stuff, what they're actually doing when they hit the streets in a month," said Lt. Bob Soucy with the Durham County EMS.

Students role-played being part of different emergency scenarios, and had fun while learning.

"Learning all about the new equipment, just talking to different people, meeting new people, the teaching is great. I love it," gushed student Zachary Ormond.

The training is helping students like Rainford get closer to their goals.

"I want to save lives. I feel like medicine is all about being able to help those that can't help themselves," Rainford explained. "Being able to save lives is really a big impact."

The students also learned about swift water rescue, CPR, and HAZMAT situations.

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