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SAVES gives kids a chance to learn about EMS

Having been on mostly minor calls, such as chest pains and cuts and scrapes, Mahood said he's gaining quite a bit of experience.

Like his classmate, Luke Chapin, a junior at Skaneateles High School, wants to get into the medical field. He found out about SAVES Youth Corps from his high school guidance counselor.

"I want to go to nursing school," Chapin said, adding that his experience with SAVES has helped shape his idea of what profession he wants to go into after high school.

During his time with the corps, Chapin has learned basics in CPR, first aid and why and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. He's also learned some valuable communication skills.

"My skills, between patient and caregiver, have gone up," Chapin said.

Like Chapin, Mahood said his bedside manner has significantly improved since becoming involved with SAVES. Both young men are also interested in furthering their experience by getting their state certifications as EMTs.

To learn more about SAVES Youth Corps, call Calley at 436-2840 or SAVES at 685-5217.

"I would tell [anyone interested in the program] they would have a lot of fun down here. They'd learn a lot of new things," Chapin said. "This kind of tells them if they want to be in the EMS field."

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