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Safety Training and Injury Prevention for Children

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; July 15, 2008-"Camp 9-1-1" is designed to provide children, ages 10 through 13, with an introduction to emergency medical services.  The camp emphasizes safety, injury prevention, bystander care, learning and fun through an enjoyable interactive program. 

Learning opportunities for children include: Vehicle rollover demonstrations by the New York State Police Department to show children what happens in an accident when vehicle occupants do not wear seatbelts; trained "police dog" demonstrations using animals trained for the Buffalo Police Department by Russ Medina; veterinarian Dr. Susan Mineo with an interactive station on how to care for pets; rooftop helipad tour with Mercy Flight helicopter; observation of emergency care and instruction about care for victims of bioterrorism in ECMC Emergency Department guided by Karen Beckman, RN, MSN, including ultrasound demonstrations by Dr. Peter Rigas; practicing CPR, bystander care; touring a Rural Metro ambulance; observation of preserved/diseased organs and use of microscopes guided by ECMC Pathology Department Director Dr. James Woytash; and competing in a safety obstacle course. 

Camp 9-1-1 is sponsored/funded by the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Department of Emergency Medicine.  Interest in the "Camps" has been growing each year for the past eight years.  In 2008, Camps are scheduled for July 17th and 29th, and August 21st, and held from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  The Camps are offered free of charge for those children who have been pre-registered.  For more information about remaining openings for 2008 camps, those interested should contact camp coordinator Cara Burton at 716-898-3525.

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a skilled nursing facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service provided as a result of its Culture of Care.

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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