That’s why Young is excited about being a part of the revival of the Hawkins County Rescue Squad’s Junior Membership program, which has been inactive for the past decade.
Young said he hopes that it will help give other youths the background and experience they need to transition into emergency response services as an adult.
The program is open to youths ages 14-18, and when they turn 19 they can become regular members of the rescue squad.
“They can participate in all of our training programs and assist in our fundraising efforts,” Young said. “They can respond to calls, but they won’t actually be in the heat of the action. Our hope is that by the time they reach 19 they’ll already be fully trained, and then they can go right into full membership.”
Young added, “It’s also a good way for high school students to fulfill their community service requirements, and it’s also great experience for anyone who is considering a career as an EMT or other emergency responder profession.”
By participating in the program, junior members will gain confidence, develop mechanical skills and aptitude, and gain a greater awareness of personal safety.
Last week the program signed up its first new member, 14-year-old Noah Hensley.
Young said the hope is that junior members will develop a sense of public service, assist with all levels of operation within the rescue squad and come to understand the great level of compassion and training required to assist persons in their time of need.
Rules and regulations for the Junior Membership program are listed on the rescue squad website along with a lot of information about our agency at: www.hawkinscorescuesquad.org
Applications can be picked up at either of the monthly meetings, which are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month between 6-8 p.m.
More information contact
Junior Membership Committee consists of chairman Brad Watts, Vice Chairman- Robin Greer, Corey Young, Kevin Cassidy, Tim Luttrell and Earl Smith.
For more information contact Watts at 423-754-8369, Young at 423-293-2062, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.