Camp EMS registration deadline is Friday

May 6—Friday is the registration deadline for EmergyCare's Camp EMS at Allegheny College, a unique program designed to introduce teenagers to emergency medical services.

The week-long camp in June allows teens to interact with some of the region's top EMS and health care experts. They participate in various dynamic and interactive sessions and learning opportunities, including patient assessments, rescue techniques, and treatment of real-life medical traumas using a patient simulator.

The camp is scheduled June 16 to 21, with students between the ages of 14 and 17 eligible to apply by Friday at noon. The camp is limited to the first 50 applicants; currently there are 22 registered students. There is a $250 tuition fee for the six-day, five-night camp, with financial assistance available to those who qualify.

Apply online at, and find the "Camp EMS" page under the "Education" tab on the EmergyCare website.

In addition to providing a first-hand look into pre-hospital medicine, campers who complete and graduate from EmergyCare's Camp EMS also earn their American Heart Association CPR certification, valid for two years. The certification is often one of the first steps needed to enter the pre-hospital profession.

EmergyCare is one of Pennsylvania's largest nonprofit ambulance services, providing comprehensive pre-hospital and medical transportation services. In addition to emergency ambulance response, services include non-emergency wheelchairs, medical taxi transport and community ambulance standbys. EmergyCare has more than 250 employees, 72 vehicles, and stations in Erie, Warren, McKean, Crawford and Mercer counties.