Open House for Greenwich EMS Explorer Post 911 High School Club Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

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Sophia Ferraro, Stephanie Allan with adult advisor Liz Linde in front. Eddie Grahan, Matthew LaVersa and Victor Sanchez (junior advisor) rear at at the GEMS headquarters where the Greenwich EMS Explorer Post 911 high school club held an open house on Sept 20, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

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Jackie Cochran, Sam Carbino and Katherine Hurst at the GEMS Explorer Post 911 open house, Sept. 20, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

On Tuesday the Greenwich EMS Explorer Post 911 high school club held an open house on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm  located at 1111 East Putnam Ave.

About a dozen interested school students and their parents had a chance to learn all about the club, tour ambulances and meet club members.

The club has a wide variety of activities that range from walking in the Memorial Day and St. Patrick’s Day parades, to showing children the inside of the ambulance at the Touch a Truck event.

“At touch-a-truck events we show the children the inside of the ambulance and explain the process so they don’t get afraid if they are ever sick,” said Jacobo Romero.

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Ana Heavey, Amelia Hurst and Jacobo Romero describe the various activities they can expect in the Greenwich EMS Explorer Post 911. Sept. 20, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

Jacobo, along with Anna Heavey, described how the club hosts blood pressure drives where they hand out the “file of life,” an envelope people put on their fridge or car that alerts GEMS to medical conditions such as allergies.

Ana explained that on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 club members participate in a weekly hands-on training where they learn about a topics ranging from bleeding control to stitching a wound.

There are also fun club events like a trip to Lake Compounce and visits to hospitals and presentations from a range of first responders. The club members have gone out on a Greenwich police boat to get an idea of the job of marine police. They also have National Guard demonstrations because one of the club advisors is in the National Guard.

Any questions can be directed to Senior Explorer Post Advisor and Operations Manager Eirinn Rickard at (203)-637-7505 or you can email gemsep911@gmail.com.

The Explorer Post is a fun and engaging club and we invite students and their families to come learn more about what we do. Any questions can be directed to Senior Explorer Post Advisor and Operations Manager Eirinn Rickard at (203)-637-7505 or you can email gemsep911@gmail.com.

See also: GEMS Explorer Post Open House set for Sept 20 at GEMS HQ


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