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Monadnock Profiles: A passion for public health

  • Chris Pervere, an EMT with the Wilton Ambulance, checks a medical bag in the Wilton ambulance bay. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Chris Pervere, an EMT with the Wilton Ambulance, checks a medical bag in the Wilton ambulance bay. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Chris Pervere, an EMT with the Wilton Ambulance, checks a medical bag in the Wilton ambulance bay. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 01, 2018 1:18AM

College student Chris Pervere has been training in emergency response since he was a teenager, and plans to make his career in public health.

“My father is on the [Milford] Fire Department, so I grew up in this environment. It’s in my blood,” Pervere said in an interview at the Wilton Ambulance bay on Friday.

Since he was a teenager, Pervere has been training to be a first responder. At the age of 16, he joined an ambulance Explorers program, designed to be a training ground for young people to get experience in emergency response.

“I’m not sure what got me to try it, at first,” Pervere said. He’d grown up interested in joining the fire department, following in his father’s footsteps, he said. He joined the explorer program thinking that being an EMT would make a good complement to firefighting. 

“I started riding on the ambulance, and I loved what I was doing. I loved helping people,” he said.

The empathetic nature of the job is something that has come easily to him from the first, he said. 

“No one calls 911 because it’s a good day,” Pervere said. “You have to be able to stay calm and defuse the situation. If you can’t do that, it’s hard to be in this field.”

Though the compassion needed to join the profession has its double edge, Pervere said, as the hardest part is dealing with seeing people deal with the loss of life or their property.

“You don’t understand what they’re going through, even if you see it every day,” he said. “You won’t understand it until it happens to you.”

Pervere was with the Explorers program until he was 19, when he took the plunge to get his certification as an EMT, and joined the Wilton Ambulance as part of their staff. He didn’t leave behind his fire fighting dreams, either – he is a member of the Milford Fire Department, too. All while attending Rivier University in Nashua as a junior.

He is majoring in public health, with a minor in homeland security. He’d like to make his career in the emergency services field, he said, but he’d like to have a focus on management.

“I have a hard time sitting back and letting things be as they are,” Pervere said. “I want to be able to take better care of patients. I think that’s just part of my personality. I always look at things as a big picture. It’s never just one part of the situation.”

It’s the difference, he said, in being able to care for individuals, which is what he sees his job as an EMT to be, and being able to make the system as a whole better, which helps everyone.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.