APPLE VALLEY -- Over 500 high school students from around the High Desert and beyond visited VVC's Public Safety center including Serrano, Granite Hills, Hesperia, Yucaipa, AAE, Options for Youth, Victor Valley, Shadow Ridge Middle School, Sultana, Ranchero Middle School, Lucerne Valley, Excelsior Charter, Oak Hills, Summit Leadership Academy and Canyon Ridge High School.
A total of 15 employers and educational institutions attended, including Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Rialto Fire Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Fire Department, Apple Valley Fire Protection District, Big Bear Fire Department, U.S. Navy, Morongo Basin Ambulance, American Medical Response, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Office of Probation, California Highway Patrol –Air Operations H-82, Mercy Air H-285, Grand Canyon University, and Victor Valley College Student Services. All institutions and departments did a meet and greet, interacting with around 525 high school students from the region.
Officials for the VVC hosted event say that college students from its Criminal Justice, Fire Technology (Fire Academy) and Paramedic program (Class 44) and the college's Nursing program participated in the live-action day of evolutions designed to simulate real-life scenarios that they will be facing; including: vehicle fires, structure fires, vehicle technical rescues with extrication, emergency childbirth, pediatric drowning, cardiac arrest, explosion burns, gunshot wounds, arrest demonstrations, K-9 search demonstrations, medical and law enforcement helicopter static displays.
The VVC Regional Public Safety Training Center (RPSTC) faculty and staff offer this event bi-annually (Fall & Spring) for college students to practice their profession in a safe, immersive and interactive environment. In addition, this event also serves to provide outreach to the community and the college's feeder schools to get potential students excited about the possibility of a career in public safety.
More info on public safety programs provided by VVC can be found here.