CAVAC student corps looking to increase participation

— Karmis said his sister originally got him involved in the student corps. He wanted to pursue medicine but eventually changed his mind. He has stayed in the student corps, however, because he wanted to contribute to his community, he said. “And it’s a nice tool in life to know CPR,” he said.

Student corps members are required to be CPR and First Aid certified, to commit to a minimum of two three-hour shifts each month and to attend at least seven of the 10 monthly meetings. The student corps also requires its members to follow the Cazenovia Central School District student guidelines for behavior.

The CAVAC Student Corps currently has 31 total members, about 17 of those are new this past year — and they are interested in gaining many more, Wilt said.

To become a member of CAVAC Student Corps, a student must be at least 15 years-old. Applicants must also submit their last quarter grades, write an essay on why they want to join and participate in an interview. If they are offered membership, there will be a 90-day probation period and then a final decision by the student corps leadership. Upon membership approval, members must complete a first-aid course and be certified for CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator). CAVAC provides all the necessary training.

While students must be at least 15 years-old for full Student Corps membership, the new CAVAC Junior Corps is open to those who are 14 years old. This enables students to complete all of the training so that they are eligible to ride the ambulance as soon as they turn 15.

For more information, visit the CAVAC website at cavacambulance.org, call 655-9798 or stop in the CAVAC building at 106 Nelson St.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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