First Aid Training
Brian Davis (brian@SETON.COR.NET)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 13:55:25 +0000
From: Brian Davis <email@example.com>
I need some feedback from the list.
On February 22, I'm going to give a presentation to the Council Health
and Safety committee regarding the need (and opportunity) for adequate
first aid training opportunities for Circle Ten's leaders. Shortly
thereafter, I will be talking with the National office about the same
topic. I'd like to gather some comments from our group about the following:
If you were offered a specialized first aid class, would you be interested?
Would you be interested in taking the Red Cross's Emergency Response
(45hrs.) class for certification (This is a very complete advanced first
aid class offering the equivavlent of ECA training, and includes CPR for
the Professional Rescuer).
Would you be more likely to take a less advanced 20hr course (Standard
First Aid w/CPR for adults)?
Would you like to see the BSA work with the Red Cross to come up with a
program specfically targeting Scout Leaders, and the activities (often
far from 911) they so frequently engage in?
Do you think such training should be promoted heavily by BSA? Why?
Do you feel prepared to teach the principles of first aid as described in
the Tenderfoot-First Class program, and if so, do you have any credential?
Are you comfortable with the current approach of the BSA?
Are you aware of the laws and your personal liability as regards training
young people, and applying first aid to stranger-victims?
Consider the following before answering.
Most adult leaders in Scouting have no formal first aid training, yet are
expected to train young people in basic first aid skills.
Of those who have received training, a large number are hopelessly out of
date (as in Army training, etc.)
There may be some issue as to the liability incurred by training (and
signing off) young people when you yourself have little or no training,
and no teaching credential.
As Scout leaders, you often take your charges many hours from the nearest
professional care-givers, like 911 service, hospitals, etc.
Do you routinely carry a first aid kit? Is it complete? What guideline
did you use?
Are you prepared?
Please quote this message, and send the answers back to me E-mail.
Please include the word "Fist Aid" in your subject line. I sure appreciate
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