HIGHLANDS RANCH - A group of students from Rock Canyon High School had a unique opportunity Wednesday to practice medical emergencies with the Health One Air Life Denver helicopter.
20 students are a part of the Fire Science Academy at Rock Canyon High School. It is a year-long program that trains students to become firefighters and emergency personnel.
"I've never even been near a helicopter or anything, I'm just excited to get to talk to the flight nurses about it," class participant Ashley Boatman said. "The helicopter and everything is really cool but, just to get to learn more about it the profession and everything is great. It will show me if I really want to become dedicated to being a flight nurse or not."
The program's instruction, Fire Chief George Picconne, highlighted the importance of being medically trained in the emergency profession. Picconne said 75 percent of events firefighters respond to will have medical emergencies.
The students spent Wednesday morning interacting with emergency personnel who man the helicopter and participating in emergency medical drills involving the helicopter.
The class is unique to Rock Canyon High School and Warren Tech, a career and technical high school, in Colorado.
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