As a part of our annual training, all active members of our station receive training to be certified for CPR and AED for Healthcare Providers. The course, delivered by one of the EMT’s from our local Ambulance Company, is entitled CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer. It consists of the demonstration and training on the proper methods of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on adults, children, and infants. We also learned how to properly use of the Lucas 2 Chest Compression System, a mechanical device that automatically performs regular chest compressions to free up rescuers to focus on other life-saving tasks. The proper use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillators) is also a part of the class.

In addition to these elements, we received additional training in the transport of bariatric patients. With the assistance of inflatable sliding mats and lifts, as well as heavy-duty stretchers and ambulance ramps with a powered winch, obese patients can be comfortably and safely moved to an ambulance for transport.

This is just one example of the training that professional first responders, both paid and volunteer, receive constantly to keep up-to-date with the skills required for their jobs. For more information of CPR/AED training, see the Red Cross’s training site. If you want to do even more for your community, consider volunteering at your local fire or EMS department. You provide the time and interest and we provide the training, equipment, and challenge.