Foxwall Supports YEPP

May 2008

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The Youth Emergency Preparedness Project- Teaching Kids to Save Lives

WHO: Ten 8th grade students from Dorseyville Middle School (Bennett Gould, Brittany Kipp, Alex Norman, Simran Pabla, Autumn Popovich, Jon Reis, Raj Sidhu, Dip Sidhu, Yasuhiro Toyoda, and Zhihong Xu); Foxwall Emergency Medical Service; Lower Valley Ambulance Service; Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

WHAT: The Youth Emergency Preparedness Project (YEPP) is a program created by a local middle school student to train kids in lifesaving skills. YEPP’s founder, Jon Reis, who is an eighth grade student at Dorseyville Middle School, notes that he “developed the YEPP program with the goal of expanding it throughout Allegheny County to train teenagers in lifesaving skills in an interactive and fun environment.” With support from the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation and after months of training and practicing CPR, AED use, and first aid with paramedics from Foxwall EMS, Lower Valley Ambulance Service, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, ten local middle school students are ready to demonstrate their skills through a first aid competition that will be held on May 9, 2008 at Foxwall EMS from 6-8 PM. “These young people are learning today to provide lifesaving skills and will no doubt be the caregivers of our future!,” states Rick Duffy, Chief of Foxwall EMS. Robert Full, Chief, Allegheny County Bureau of Emergency Services, is scheduled to acknowledge the commitment of the ten students to learning and practicing lifesaving skills before an awards ceremony at the completion of the YEPP competition.

WHEN: May 9, 2008, 6-8 PM

WHERE: Foxwall Emergency Medical Service, 145 Squaw Run Road, Fox Chapel, PA

For more information, contact Foxwall’s Chief of Operations, Rick Duffy.

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