AUGUST AFTER SERVING IN THE ROLE FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS.>>>LAST WEEKEND MORE THAN 100 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ACROSS MINNESOTA GATHERED AT CAMP RIPLEY TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE CAMP. THE CAMP WAS HOSTED BY THE MINNESOTA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS AND THE HEALTH OCCUPATIONS STUDENTS OF AMERICA MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS. STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN LEARNING HOW TO CARE FOR CRITICALLY INJURED VICTIMS AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER OR EMERGENCY. STUDENTS RECEIVED HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION IN FIRST AID, CPR AND EVEN MEDICAL EVACUATION BY HELICOPTER. ONE SEGMENT OF THE CAMP INVOLVED STUDENTS MEETING WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPECIALIZE IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. MEETING WITH THESE PROFESSIONALS GAVE STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET INSIGHT ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE INFORMATION THAT THEY WOULDN’T NORMALLY RECEIVE IN HIGH SCHOOL.>>IT IS REALLY NICE TO TALK TO PROFESSIONALS IN THE AREA BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN INSIGHT IN THE AREA THAT NOBODY ELSE DOES. IT IS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR US.>>WE ARE TRAINING THESE STUDENTS TO PREP THEM TO JOIN THE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS. YOU CAN JOIN THIS CORPS AT ANY AGE — AGE. THEY WANT YOU TO HAVE CERTAIN SKILLS THAT WILL HELP YOU BE AN ASSET IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. BY PREPPING AND CERTIFYING THEM IN DIFFERENT GROUPS, THEY ARE A BETTER ASSET TO THEIR TEAM WHEN AN EMERGENCY OCCURS.>>THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE CAMP WAS ALSO SPONSORED BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF

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