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    The Exchange Ambulance of the Islips Youth Squad is an
organization for children ages 13 through 18. At weekly meetings Youth
Squad members are taught advanced first aid at the New York State
Certified First Responder level (CFR) as well as ambulance operations.
Members who exhibit excellent mastery of skills compete as a
team against Youth Squads from ambulance companies throughout the
state. Local competitions are held as well as an annual state
tournament. Starting at age 14 Youth Squad members are taught
dispatching skills and work one 6 hour shift a week dispatching from our
Head Quarters. Also, starting at 16 Youth Squad members are permitted
to ride on the ambulance as observers for one 6-hour shift a week. It
is not often that a 16-year-old can say that they have helped to save a
life!
    By both dispatching and riding, when a Youth Squad member turns 18
and steps up to the senior corp., they are already experienced in all
aspects of ambulance operations. They are able to go through EMT class
very easily as they have already mastered all most all of the skills,
and make the transition to working as EMT's on their own as senior
members almost instantly after becoming certified.
To help reward our Youth Squad members for their hard work, they
are also given 50% of their time in the Youth Squad towards their life
membership in the senior corp. of Exchange Ambulance, to a maximum of 2
years. For example someone who joins the Youth Squad at age 13 and
stays a member until 18 would join the senior corp. with 2 years towards
their life membership.
    Besides teaching first aid skills that can be used to a save the
life of a family member, friend, or even a stranger, the Youth Squad
gives kids a way to serve their community and feel a sense of
involvement and pride.