I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the emergency responder course with Darryl Chickness (Advanced Care Paramedic) and Bart Strak (Critical Care Paramedic) of Bandage International http://www.bandageinternational.org/page/page/3838043.htm
and Ms Winnie of the Belize Red Cross who were infinitely patient and thoroughly engaging. I know that I learned a lot and speaking with other attendees we all left with a feeling of confidence that we are able to provide basic first response care. We learned basic first aid, how to perform CPR and also how to use an AED to name just a few skills.
The instructors donated their time to us and it was greatly appreciated. The course only cost a "donation" of BZ $10 to the Belize Red Cross.
Many resorts took the initiative and advantage of this course and sent their staff to learn these life saving techniques. It has been documented that CPR and AED (automated external defibrillators) do save lives. I would like to urge each and every hotel, condo complex, resort, and large office complex to seriously consider and budget to purchase a full basic emergency responder kit and an AED*** Be aware that some AED units are one use only machines. In order to receive professional advice please contact Darryl at Bandage International. He can take orders for AED's and bring them to your office/resort and demonstrate how simple they are to use. [email protected]
Bandage International is a group of volunteers that take money out of their own pockets to pay for their flights and to ship down the demonstration materials and equipment required to run the course. Belize Legacy and Victoria House were kind enough to supply housing.
Here are some shots of the class:http://www.pixagogo.com/3668224311
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT MADE THIS HAPPEN!
I hope that there will be an advanced course in July - if there is I will be signing up.