The Importance Of Emergency Responders To Save A Life

Workplace Life Savers training is the duty of every employer to ensure that employees are provided with lifesaving skills and knowledge particularly when there are unforeseen circumstances. Accidents can happen at any time even in workplaces that are presumed to be safe and free from hazards. If there are employees who are properly trained in first aid and CPR, they can manage the first assist in the first few minutes before 911 arrives.

Janis Hazel was one of the participants at John A. Wilson Building who were diligently practicing CPR on plastic mannequins. Hazel’s mind was on a previous incident that happened on her mini-mart in Detroit. That day, Janis rushed to the aid of a man who was shot in a store robbery.

Janis remembered applying direct pressure on the bullet wound at the man’s abdomen while waiting for help to arrive. Janis is the spokeswoman for Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism that embarked on the mission to train resident “first responders” on first aid and CPR to become part of the city’s ongoing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

According to Mayor Muriel E. Browser, the free CERT training is very critical for the community so that residents can act fast during emergencies to save a life before 911 arrives. In addition to adult training, the agency also offers training for children in the form of Commander Ready. The objective of this program is to train children in the fourth and fifth grades on emergency preparedness. The four-session program is offered to children after school with elementary school teachers providing the training.

The need for widespread first aid and CPR training was underscored this summer when the city was made accountable for the death of a 77-year old man who suffered a heart attack on the street right across a fire station in Northeast Washington.
The family filed a $7.7 million wrongful death lawsuit against the district. It alleged that the life of Medric Mills Jr. would have been saved if the firefighters had responded to bystanders when they were asked to help. No first aid response was launched until the arrival of 911.