High school students volunteer for the ambulance service in KindredKindred, ND (WDAY TV) -- Rural areas rely heavily on volunteers for things like ambulance services. To fill shifts some are beginning to recruit high school students. They'll even be on call while they're at school.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) -- Rural areas rely heavily on volunteers for things like ambulance services. To fill shifts some are beginning to recruit high school students. They'll even be on call while they're at school.
If you are in the Kindred area and are in need of an ambulance, it's likely Chase Knowlen and Blake Anderson will be at your door. They are two high school seniors who now volunteer with the Ambulance service.
Chase Knowlen - Kindred Senior: "I'd like to be an EMT. I just wanted to get more experience of getting to know everything and probably start EMT classes soon."
After completing several training classes, both are considered EMR's. They can take blood pressure, blood sugar levels, load and unload patients properly, and assist the EMT's with anything else they might need.
Blake Anderson - Kindred Senior: "Most of the time I'm in the back with the patient trying to get blood pressures, take heart pulses and calm them down mostly, just keep them comfortable."
The high school is located just a block away from the ambulance station, this makes it easy for the volunteers to get there quickly when a call comes in.
Dylan Torgerson - Kindred EMT: "We're always in need of volunteers. We could have maybe 20 volunteers and we'd still be in dire need."
Kindred EMT Dylan Torgerson was one of the first high school volunteers. He says the solution to the need in rural ambulance departments is the youth.
Dylan Togerson: "If you have two or three volunteers from the high school, they're pretty much available until the adult volunteers get back from their day jobs."
Torgerson now helps to train and recruit high school students ages 16 to 18 and says they are the future of EMS.
Dylan Torgerson: "Our goal is to fill every time slot so that every, so there's at least 2 people available at any hour of the day."
As the high schoolers continue to learn new things, and go on calls, Torgerson will continue to gather more volunteers to make the growing number of needed volunteers go down.
Volunteers get paid $3 an hour while on call, and $30 if they go on a call.