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UVA Medical Center Donates Ambulance to Valley EMTs in Training

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A valley school that's all about hands-on training prepares students for careers in emergency response.

The program is getting even more realistic, thanks to a special donation from the University of Virginia Medical Center.

UVA says a fully equipped ambulance can cost more than $180,000. That would certainly be a tough purchase to make for a taxpayer-funded school, like the Valley Vocational-Technical Center in Fishersville.

Tuesday, juniors and seniors in the emergency medical technician program showed off an ambulance they just received. The vehicle offers some close quarters for students to practice their life-saving skills, but it's just the kind of on-the-job training they need for a future career in the medical field, or perhaps a lifetime of volunteerism.

"I think it's a good experience for us. We can go out there and practice and have a call – or a pretend call – and just learn how we would handle it," said Myranda Estes, an EMT student.

"We try to our best to create as close to the workforce environment that they will encounter. So it's a great tool for us to be able to do that," said George Maupin, an EMT instructor.

Students in the year-long program learn advanced CPR techniques and how to assess, stabilize and mobilize patients for transport to the hospital.

The surplus ambulance comes from UVA's Special Event Medical Management program, or SEMM. The hospital says this is a way of giving back to the community, and perhaps doing some early recruiting for future EMTs.

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