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Northland Kids Get Hands-on Disaster Training

Updated: 06/19/2014 9:33 AM
Created: 06/18/2014 10:42 PM WDIO.com
By: Julie Kruse
jkruse@wdio.com

Northland kids and teens got some hands-on experience at the Triple-R Disaster Training Camp on Wednesday. Participants learned CPR, first aid, and leadership in emergencies. They also learned the importance of having a first aid kit with items such as flash lights, food, and a radio among other things.

The camp was sponsored by Minnesota Department of Health and Future Health Professionals. They plan to host another camp in August.

Organizers of the camp say they hope they can continue doing them as it's important for kids to learn these skills at a young age.

"We just hopefully get more and more people because we want to make the community aware of what to do," said Kaitlin Roper, VP of Minn. HOSA. "Hopefully theses kids can go home and share with their parents, their friends and their community what to do when a disaster hits."

"The earlier you start something the better they're going to get," said Bill Neiss, an EMS instructor at Spring Lake Park High School. "As they get older and they get more mature, these are things they won't be afraid to take on responsibility. You can't train them too soon."

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