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Med-Start students get hands-on emergency training at Tubac event

Published Friday, June 24, 2011 10:38 AM CDT

Benny Martinez from Tubac shows a student how to use a fire extinguisher. Photos/Suzanne David

Students in the University of Arizona’s Med-Start program students attended a “trauma day” program hosted by the Tubac Fire Department at station No. 3 on June 17.

During the program, the 36 students rotated through a series of stations set up by members of the Tubac, Rio Rico and Green Valley fire departments that included ambulance operations, using a fire extinguisher, using extrication tools, fire engine operations, venomous snake information, and helicopter operations (LifeNet).

Tubac Fire has been hosting this event since 1998, and Suzanne David from Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center was the coordinator of this year’s program.


The “patient” is loaded onto the LifeNet helicopter.

About Med-Start

According to the U of A website, Med-Start is a five-week summer academic enrichment program for any 11th grade Arizona high school student who is interested in a health career. Sponsored by the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs in the College of Medicine, Med-Start was created in 1969 to help improve healthcare in rural, reservation, and economically disadvantaged areas through the recruitment and training of students from these regions.

While at the university, the students attend classes in English, math and chemistry in addition to learning about various health careers.

Learn more about the program at