Camp teaches Winooski students about public safety

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This week, Winooski Middle and High School students learned from first responders about the skills it takes to serve the community. The city’s first-ever Public Safety Camp wrapped up Friday.

“Between law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire and emergency services,” said Jason Ziter, school resource officer for the Winooski School District.

Each day, students were exposed to a number of different training scenarios, learning First Aid/CPR, about crime scene investigation, and equipment used by first responders.

On Friday, the last day of camp, students used that knowledge to respond to a realistically staged crash, experiencing how each entity of public safety plays a role and more importantly, how to collaborate with one another.

“To see how important it is to have teamwork not within just your agency but teamwork across,” Ziter said.

It also gives kids a chance to test out careers they always looked up to and might want to take on for themselves one day.

“It gives me an idea of what I want to do because I actually do want to be a police officer,” said student Jada Loesch.

“I’m leaning toward EMT because it’s really cool,” Sebastian Figliola, a 6th grader said.

From the law enforcement perspective, students took measurements of the scene, controlled traffic, and interviewed the driver. Local fire officials guided students through safety on the scene of the crash, including removal of the vehicle’s door to reach the driver.

Nate’s Auto Sales in Essex donated the car used in the mock crash. Students also saw a helicopter landing Friday afternoon and a demo by the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad.

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