Coast Guard receives first aid training from partner agencies

CORTEZ, Fla. — Members from local emergency response agencies volunteered to provide advanced first-aid training to crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida, Tuesday.

Personnel from Manatee County Emergency Medical Services and Air Ambulance Worldwide provided the advanced first-aid training for the station’s active duty and reserve crewmembers, and local auxiliarists so the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary crews could learn more advanced techniques for responding to search and rescues cases in their area.

The trainees were split into small groups and practiced medical assessments, trauma assessments, checking vital signs, providing oxygen, splinting broken bones and cervical spine stabilization.

These techniques were utilized in two first aid scenarios.

“The volunteers provided the crewmembers with higher quality training, which will allow them to have more confidence on future search and rescue cases,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Dutra, a reservist at the station and a member of Manatee County EMS. “We wanted to provide this training so when the Coast Guard members are dispatched to a medical search and rescue case, they will be able to provide better assistance to the patient while transporting them to EMS.”

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