GRIFFITH’S next generation of emergency service personnel learnt their way around an ambulance on Monday.
Grade two students from Griffith Public School had the thrill of hearing the siren sound and one wide-eyed girl had her heartrate measured by an ECG monitor.
Eight-year-old Senay Kundaz from Kylie Lethlean’s class 2L said the test didn’t hurt but she was slightly intimidated by the process.
“It was a bit scary because everyone was watching but it didn’t hurt at all,” Senay said.
“I really had so much fun because the ambulance man measured my heart and gave me the piece of paper showing my heart beating.
“My favourite part was when they turned the sirens on, it was so loud I almost had to cover my ears.”
Acting station officer David Nolan said the visit had important educational value such as erasing 911 from the US TV-driven vernacular.
“This sort of interaction familiarises kids with the ambulance and the sort of things a paramedic does, so if they or their friends ever require emergency treatment they will hopefully be more comfortable with the situation,” Mr Nolan said.
“We also teach the kids to recognise the difference between a triple zero call and a less serious situation which could be handled by a trip to the doctor.
“Another important lesson is to refer to the emergency line as zero, zero, zero, in case they aren’t familiar with the word triple.”