FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md – Paramedics from Fort Meade Emergency Medical Services participated in a career day hosted by Meade Heights Elementary School Mar. 13, 2024.

The event allowed paramedics Capt. Larry Ansted and Jennifer Finch to share their knowledge on health care and how to become a paramedic.

“Most people don’t realize what paramedics are truly capable of doing,” said Ansted, who has been an emergency medical technician since 1989 and paramedic since 2000. “It was really good to see the excitement on the children’s faces and their genuine interest in what the profession truly is.”

Meade Heights Elementary’s first-ever career day was designed to showcase a variety of careers to the elementary students throughout the day.

The purpose is reminding students that “nothing is impossible if you just believe in your dreams and work hard,” said Principal Raquelle K. Moore.

Other careers represented, in addition to emergency services, included a veterinarian, swim instructor, entrepreneur, cyber analyst and interior designer.

“It was truly a pleasure to get out and have the connection with the community we serve in a non-emergency setting,” Ansted said.

Paramedics and EMTs are critical components of EMS as they are vital to public health and safety.

“As long as I can remember, I have always had a desire to help people and felt bad if I could not help them,” Ansted said. “I became a paramedic because I felt this was a way I could help people.”

Ansted helped students from Pre-kindergarten to fifth grade in a different way at career day by interacting with the students and providing them with advice.

“Find something that interests you and learn as much as you can about that subject,” he said. “Even though you may not think that a particular subject is important, you will find some use for it later in life.”

Story by Michelle Gonzalez, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center & Fort Meade MEDDAC