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Macon EMS launches “First on the Scene” course for the public

Macon County EMS is working to connect the community with resources through a new “First On Scene” training course for the public. 

“Participants will learn how to access help in the event of a life-threatening emergency and what to do until EMS arrives,” said Jeremy Cabe, Macon County EMS Training Coordinator. “The training course is four hours long and will be completely free to the public.” 

The first “First on the Scene” course will be hosted Wednesday, October 27 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be taught by Joey Gibson. 

This course will come with a certificate of completion and will cover an array of topics such as activating the 911 system, hands-only CPR and AED, administering naloxone, administering epinephrine, responding to life-threatening bleeding, penetrating chest trauma, moving patients to safety, and positioning injured patients.

“This course was developed by the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC),” said Cabe. “This training will be very beneficial for our community. The lessons learned can be applied to sustain/prolong life until EMS arrives. The first care provider is often the most important link in a chain of survival.”

While Wednesday is the first course, Macon County Emergency Services plans to hold several courses to allow as many residents as possible to enroll. 

“The goal is to train several hundred members of our community each year,” said Cabe. “Courses can be held out our EMS base, 125 Hyatt Rd., or at off-site locations for larger groups.”

To sign up use the following link: https://maconnc.org/emsedu.html and then click on the blue “sign up for FOTS”

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