Riggs Ambulance Service and Student Health Services at UC Merced will train students as certified first-responders.
This month, Riggs Ambulance Service Education Coordinator Greg Petersen will finish teaching the first class of UC Merced’s Emergency First Responder Program (EFR).
The EFR classes will help UC Merced students learn how to make decisions in emergency situations, Riggs said in a news release. The coursework included resuscitation techniques, use of the Automated External Defibrillator and how to care for people with cardiac emergencies. Students learned how to properly care for individuals with head, spine, bone and other types of injuries as well as how to treat those affected by environmental emergencies.
“We have had a successful working relationship with the UC Merced for special events and environmental disaster training in the past,” Don Vonarx, general manager of Riggs, said in the release.
Of the 90 UC Merced students who attended an information session, 43 applied and 22 were accepted into the 10-class program, which began on Feb. 9.
Greg Spurgeon, associate director for Student Health Services at UC Merced, said in the release that once they’re trained, the students can assist the campus during major events such as commencement, Bobcat Day and sporting events. He said he also envisions leadership training, a speaker’s series and continuing education for certification.
After successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the national registry exam to earn a two-year certification.