TAYLOR COUNTY—Picture this: you and your family are at an event, and everything is going fine. All of the sudden, your family member feels off and realizes that they are having a heart attack, before their heart stops causing them to become unconscious and unresponsive. Do you know what to do?
“The vast majority of cardiovascular episodes happens when a person is with their friends or family,” expressed Lieutenant Michelle Mayle, from the Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad. “It is vitally important that people know what to do to get the blood circulating throughout the person’s body almost immediately following an episode.”
The Taylor County EMS is happy to announce that they will now be offering classes focusing on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) training.
Mayle revealed that she will be teaching the class alongside Lieutenant Gavin Watkins and Jeremy Knotts.
“Jeremy has been an instructor for a good while, and Gavin and I went to training last fall to be eligible to be CPR instructors,” she noted.
The first class that will be offered by the squad will be the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver class, which is slated for Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m.
“This is a general class for anyone wishing to gain their CPR/First Aid card,” shared Mayle.
According to the American Heart Association, the course was designed for the average person, with little to no medical training, wishing to obtain certification for their job or for their personal knowledge. Many of the classes offer a completion card that is valid for two years.
The second course option is geared toward those in the medical field, babysitters and daycare providers, or those that provide in-home care.
The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) training course is designed to teach participants the signs of life-threatening situations, how to give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide the early use of an AED.
The BLS class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, beginning at noon.
“We will also be offering a course that is geared toward teachers and students, and have contacted Grafton High School to see if their students and staff would have an interest in the class,” explained Mayle.
She revealed that the EMS would also be providing refresher courses for those individuals who needed to complete recertification.
“We will gladly schedule additional classes for your group or organization,” noted Mayle. “As people have a need for classes, they are welcome to call in and we will get one scheduled for them. We are willing to come out to a location convenient for them, or as always, they are welcome to use our facility.”
Both classes are being offered at the Taylor County EMS facility, located at 797 George Washington Hwy, Grafton. To sign up for one of the scheduled classes, please call the Taylor County EMS at 304-265-0904 Monday-Friday.
Mayle would also like to remind individuals that dates of future classes will be published in the Mountain Statesman, as well as on the squad’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TaylorCoEMS.
“These classes are just another way that we can be there for the community and can interact with its citizens,” Mayle voiced. “It helps to show our staff in a positive experience, so that when we are called in an emergency, which tends to be more stressful, those involved might see a familiar face and feel more comfortable.”