Students learn about careers as paramedics

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Students at Belpre High School Friday learned about being a paramedic, while having a first-hand look at how they transport patients.

MedFlight landed one of its helicopters outside the high school during the noon hour.

The commercial medical transport service wants to encourage students thinking about their future careers to consider becoming a paramedic.

"You can't work for MedFlight right out of high school," Flight Paramedic David Ankrom explained. "You have to have a minimum of three years experience in an EMS or a hospital profession. So getting the kids interested now helps them choose a career path and which way to go."

Nationally, there's a shortage of people wanting to become paramedics for commercial companies and fire departments.

Ankrom is a Warren High School graduate, who still volunteers for the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department.