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Eye Opening Experience

Apple Valley Unified School District

Granite Hills High School students from the ROP Medical classes were invited to observe a bi-annual training day for the Victor Valley Community College (VVC) students in Fire Science/Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Administration of Justice and Nursing programs. This multi-discipline drill event took place Nov. 6 at the VVC Regional Public Safety Training Center in Apple Valley. This state of the art facility has a prop yard with various fire training props, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training area. The day consisted of a simulated real-life work environment that students will face when entering the workforce in public safety.

ROP students from Granite Hills High School witnessed VVC students from the different departments work together to manage a wide variety of emergency situations such as structure and vehicle fires, traffic collisions, vehicle extractions, law enforcement scenarios, and a wide variety of medical aid calls. In addition, VVC nursing students participated by assessing and treating patients from the scenarios. This event gave the high school students a valuable lesson on what a typical workday would look like for a public safety professional. This also gave students an opportunity to view the programs they can potentially feed into at Victor Valley College when successfully completing their ROP classes. “Going to the training site was very informative and exciting. It actually opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in the emergency medical field,” said Jacob Nunez, 12th grade Granite Hills High School ROP student. This milestone event really inspired the ROP students to join the new AVERT (Apple Valley Emergency Response Team) club on campus and get excited about their future career in public safety.