Civil Air Patrol trains ‘first responders’ |

Civil Air Patrol trains ‘first responders’

Not many people know how to respond in the event of an emergency, particularly if injuries are involved.

One local group of young people is well prepared to handle such situations, though, having recently completed the 12-week “First Responders” course intended to train people how to help injured persons until the arrival of experienced Emergency Medical Technicians.

For the last few months, 10 cadets and two senior members of the Tahoe Truckee Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol met have been learning the appropriate responses to and treatment for various injuries.

Last Saturday, the group trained with members of the new Fire/Rescue Station at the Truckee Tahoe Airport station A-96. After several injuries were staged, EMT crews responded in an ambulance and then later observed and coached the cadets while they practiced what they had learned in class about treating and preparing injured persons for transport.

“The greatest thing about this course is that it really gives people an idea of how they fit into the whole emergency response system,” said Todd Keckley, course instructor.

Cadets need more than 10-weeks of training before they can be called “first responders.”

They also received college credits for completed the course, from Truckee Meadows Community College.

Funding for the project was provided by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation and the Truckee Rotary.

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