Mississippi Air National Guardsmen assigned to the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center’s Air to Ground Range in Perry County know their remote work location makes training in first aid critical.
Nearly a dozen Airmen from the range traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi, in late December for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, class offered at the Combat Readiness Training Center - Battlefield Airmen Center.
The CRTC-BAC medical staff conducted lessons on adult, children, and infant CPR by combining videos and literature with hands on learning and role playing. The Airmen were evaluated as they acted out the steps in order to receive certification.
“Role playing for cardiopulmonary resuscitation is beneficial for the trainee because it engages the trainee and provides them a realistic scenario,” said Master Sgt. Lisa Oliver, CRTC-BAC clinic noncommissioned officer in charge. “The experience will allow them to better handle and be ready to respond to emergencies, and for them to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.”
Lt. Col. Edward Knox is the officer in charge at Camp Shelby’s Air to Ground Range. He said it’s vital that the team acquire these skills because the isolation of the range can become a hazard in a medical emergency.
“Working in an environment that is in a very austere location, we have to rely on each other, on training and on equipment,” said Knox. “The reality is….it could be a significant time before medical help could help arrive.”
The Airmen also learned to properly use an automatic external defibrillator and how to respond to choking incidents in people of all ages.