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Emergency responders class gives Jasper Co. HS students hands-on experience

Jasper County High School offers its students a unique way to get ahead in the emergency services field/Claudia Coco (WGXA)

MONTICELLO, Ga. -- Jasper County High School offers its students a unique way to get ahead in the emergency services field.

It does so with a class taught by biology teacher Jan Fowler, who is also a certified EMT. Her Emergency Responders course requires students to put in 80 hours of shadowing officials in the field.

"They get to take what they learn with me," Fowler said, "And get on an actual ambulance and touch people and help people."

"In my class, I teach them how to recognize emergencies, how to mitigate those emergencies," she added. "How to respond in that emergency environment and how to handle the stress and anxiety."

The class is unique because it can only be legally taught by a certified EMT. So Jasper Co. HS is one of the few schools around that offers the course.

Fowler says most of the students in her class want to go into the medical field in some way.

"I'm planning on going to Georgia Southern to be an athletic trainer," said sophomore Makayla Wages. "And one of the requirements for that program is to have your EMT."

Senior Brendon Haddock says he loves the hands-on work. After graduation, he's going to Southern Crescent Technical College to get his EMT certification.

"I just have a heart to help out people in the emergency field," he said.

Next year, Fowler hopes to add a Emergency Medical Technician course -- which is the next step up -- to the list of courses.

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