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Watertown students learn about emergency services during EMS day

Jacob Smith • Oct 27, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Students at Watertown Middle School got an inside look at the equipment used by local emergency crews at the school’s third annual Emergency Services Day on Friday.

Representatives from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson Emergency Management Agency, Air Evac Lifeteam, Watertown Volunteer Fire Department and the U.S. Army were all at the event.

Each team had a presentation where the students were invited to participate. The Wilson County sheriff’s crew let volunteers try to walk with drunk goggles on, the Watertown volunteer firefighters let students crush aluminum soda cans with a hydraulic rescue tool and the Army soldiers had gear for the students to wear.

The Air Evac crew even landed a helicopter on the school’s football field for the students to explore.

“It’s a great opportunity for young people who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, firefighting or the military,” said Wilson County Schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson. “The event is timely because since eighth graders will choose an area of interest for high school, coming up in the spring.”

The event coincided with Red Ribbon Week to emphasize the importance of making positive choices.

“EMS providers will reinforce the message that drugs and alcohol can greatly hamper their efforts to pursue a career and other personal goals,” said Johnson. 

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