This fall, Massasoit Community College, in partnership with the Braintree School Department, began offering high school seniors an opportunity to participate in a customized Emergency Responder Program, 100 hours of classroom time paired with hands-on training. At the end of the program, students will receive six certifications: American Heart Association CPR Provider; American Heart Association CPR Instructor; American Heart Association First Aid; American Heart Association Blood Borne Pathogens; First Responder Certification; and National Incident Management System 100 and 700 certification.
Students will also receive training for an active shooter situation, management of an opiate overdose with Narcan, and an introduction to emergency services including police and fire.
Massasoit Emergency Medical Services faculty Nastassia Swanson is the lead instructor, assisted by co-instructor Sabrina Meagher, both practicing Paramedics and EMT Instructors.
The culmination of the knowledge gained in the program will be demonstrated during Operation Prom night, a mock crash emphasizing distracted driving and driving under the influence. The scenario is designed for the whole student body to view prior to prom to talk about the dangers of both drinking and distracted driving.
Modeled after the College’s partnership with Randolph High School and the Town of Randolph, which was piloted in spring 2016, the program is designed to provide alternative learning for students and is partially funded by Quincy Credit Union.
“Our staff is excited to bring this innovative program to the students at Braintree High School. It gives students who might be interested in healthcare and emergency medical careers exposure to the field while also providing valuable credentials,” said Scott Meagher, director of Emergency Medical Services at Massasoit Community College.