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Makeshift Driver’s-Ed Course Tests Students’ Prowess in Ambulance Operation

Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for Penn College's paramedic program, gives students an overview of various skills stations on the north side of campus.
Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for Penn College’s paramedic program, gives students an overview of various skills stations on the north side of campus.
A student crew maneuvers an ambulance through traffic cones west of the Klump Academic Center.
A student crew maneuvers an ambulance through traffic cones west of the Klump Academic Center.

Students in this summer’s Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course tested their competency behind the wheel of an ambulance Thursday. Two vehicles provided by Jersey Shore Area EMS added a true hands-on component to the course, as students took turns traversing Penn College’s West Third Street parking lot. Classmates acted as safety officers and scorekeepers throughout the various stations, marked by pylons to designate routes of travel, parallel-parking space, and other tests of driving skill.

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