A need to be trained
(I want to preface this by saying that I want to rant, and scream… recent events terrify me, and I have a hard time seeing a bright future for the world anymore. We are not supposed to worry about this! I am not supposed to be afraid of what I am leaving behind for my child.)
When I was a child, I learned CPR and First Aid in school. In the small town that I am from, it was a requirement. That was twenty years ago…. And I just found out that even today, not everyone is required to learn those skills in school.
Like so many others my age, I watched the events at Columbine and the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on the US
unfold while I was in college. My studies halted and we discussed these events in depth, and I realized that the world was changing.
As if being worried about all of the normal things that can kill you isn’t enough, now we have terrorist attacks occurring all over the world with much more frequency than anyone should be comfortable with.
Circumstance has found me working for a safety organization, and part of what we do is create first aid programs and sell first aid equipment. Now, our programs are not geared toward mass casualty trauma, or events such as those recently witnessed in Boston, Orlando, Dallas or Nice, but they do offer bandaging, splinting and tourniquet use. They discuss scene assessment, and encourage safety of the responder. Most importantly, they offer the opportunity to practice these skills so that they are there when they are needed.
We live in a time when tragedy can strike anytime, and anywhere. Car wrecks, heart attacks, workplace incidents and all of the other perils still exist, but now, we have to be prepared for events much larger and much more violent than ever before.
I just want to encourage everyone to get training, even just basic first aid training will help, and carry some basic first aid supplies with you. The more you know, right? Do good, people!