Hopkins Co. Emergency Management Agency teen training

Hopkins Co. Emergency Management Agency teen training

HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - The Department of Homeland Security wants emergency management agencies to train volunteers, including teenagers, to help out in large-scale disasters.

The Hopkins County EMA recently pitched the idea in Dawson Springs.

The 20-hour training program teaches teens to prepare for disasters and respond in emergency situations.

They'd be taught to put out small fires, help injured people, set up medical treatment areas, and carry out small search and rescue operations.

The Site Based Decision Making Council says if they decide to add the program, they'll have to find a way to integrate it into the curriculum.

The Hopkins County EMA says a teen emergency response team would benefit a rural community like Dawson Springs.

"The infrastructure could be down where first responders would not be available to get to Dawson Springs for days... could be weeks," said Helen Brown, Hopkins Count Emergency Management Agency.

The Council says they'll review the idea and decide whether to implement it at a future meeting.

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