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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 12, 2015 At 06:00 PM

As part of National Trauma Awareness Month and Emergency Medical Services Week, Norwalk Hospital EMS paramedics will visit local Elementary Schools throughout the month of May to raise awareness on EMS services and teach students on safety.   

"We've seen hundreds and thousands of children," said Norwalk Hospital EMS Paramedic supervisor Lynn Ryder. "It averages about 2,300 to 3,000 students per year and we come back every year so it just adds more."  

Norwalk Hospital paramedics kicked off "EMS: Strong" program for its 12th year in a row Tuesday morning at Marvin Elementary school. From now until May 28, EMS providers will be at nine elementary schools throughout the day teaching children ways to prevent injuries like wearing a seatbelt and bicycle helmet. 

"We go out into the schools to educate the kids about what we do, why we are in the community, how we are community helpers, we want to decrease their fear if the ambulance has to come out to their home or their school because they'll have seen us, they'll have met us."  

"It's so important for children to know when to call 911 and how to call 911, what they're all about," said Marvin Elementary School nurse Kathy McLean. "What to do in case of an emergency. Know always to call and get help and not always to try to do something themselves."  

Studies show injuries are the No. 1 cause of death among children. Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires and falls are some of the most common ways children can be injured or killed.  

"They learn about what we do in the community as community helpers," said Ryder. "They learn about some safety and injury prevention things and they learn about some of our equipment and what it does." 

"We do review it throughout the year," said McLean. "Just to make sure they're aware of what to do and how to do it." 


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