CLEARWATER — Whenever someone is injured while on the water, the first agency most likely to respond is the U.S. Coast Guard.
The men and women from Pasco and Pinellas Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas must be ready for about any type of injury, publicist Tom Loughlin explains.
Ann Bennett, a member of the Clearwater Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla, presented a recent, five-hour class covering Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and first aid to a group of six active duty Coast Guardsmen and ten auxiliarists.
“That was the fastest, most interesting morning I have ever spent,” one member said about the course.
A certified American Red Cross instructor, Bennett used a slideshow presentation and her extensive personal expertise to teach students to know the signs of various injuries.
The Coast Guard members might encounter heart attacks, strokes, hypothermia and broken bones, among many other emergencies.
The students used both adult and child simulators to learn the proper 30-2 method of CPR. Bennett also demonstrated the proper use of an Automatic External Defibrillator for heart attack victims. AED units are found in every mall, airport and other public places.
The class ended with the students practicing how to properly use bandages and slings.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of its missions, Loughlin concluded.=