SAVES gives kids a chance to learn about EMS

The emergency medical service isn't just for anyone.

But if you're between the ages of 14 and 18 and think that's what you want to do with your life -- paramedic, EMT, nurse, doctor, etc. -- give Josh Calley a call at the Skaneateles Area Volunteer Emergency Services.

Calley is the program coordinator for SAVES Youth Corps, a program he says allows teens to "indulge in the experience of EMS."

"They actually get to have contact with patients," Calley said.

As program coordinator, Calley had an opportunity to be involved in a program much like Youth Coprs through the Boy Scouts of America. However, the program kind of dwindled in the number of participants. Last year was the first year Youth Corps was run without the aid of the Boy Scouts.

Calley, who was gaining experience in the EMS field through his time as a volunteer with the Marcellus Fire Department, indulged himself in the experience of "organized chaos" -- responding to calls and learning the field with the fire department.

Through Youth Corps, others are able to learn about EMS much like Calley did. Skaneateles senior Duncan Mahood said he became involved because a friend of his was interested in it.

When he moved to Skaneateles three years ago as a freshman in high school, Mahood had no idea there was a way for kids his age to get into EMS.

"I didn't know there was a way for teens to get involved," he said.

Mahood is now a riding member of SAVES Youth Corps, meaning he is able to go out on calls with the Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics. His interest in medicine began a long time ago, though.

"I think EMS was a way for me to get involved in medicine as well as a way to serve my community," Mahood said. "I like it a lot."

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