On November 1st and 2nd, just under 40 CERTs attended First Aid and CPR courses at Southern Marin Fire Station in Mill Valley. Due to time constraints in the Basic CERT training, students only receive an introduction to the concept of triage including how to sort through multiple victims to see who is treated first, splinting, and other basics of treatment. CERTs are then encouraged to go further in their training and to attend a first aid certification course.
In the Mill Valley training students reviewed the basics of splinting, applying bandages to stop bleeding, and how to deal with common illnesses and injuries.
This training, through the American Heart Association, was taught by Mike Melanephy, a firefighter from Southern Fire Protection District. Although it is unclear what role CPR will play in rescue efforts in a large disaster, CPR skills are excellent for all CERTs for everyday use. Many CERTs have asked for this training and both of our classes were full. Included was the use of AED (Automatic External Defibrulators) which is credited with saving lives every day.
First Aid courses can be found online, but the best choice is a hands-on training. Red Cross, American Heart Association and National Safety Council are all excellent programs. Corte Madera Fire Department offers both first aid and CPR training throughout the year with
information and contact numbers found at www.ci.corte-madera.ca.us.