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Teens learn medical tips to help during emergencies

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The DeWitt County office of emergency management is teaching teens about responding to emergency situations.
Newscenter 25's David Gibson attend the class and tells us what he learned.

The CERT classes teach teens how to help in the event of any emergency.
"We help them be prepared in the event of emergency or a natural disaster where they can assist law enforcement, the fire department or EMS," says Cyndi Smith, Emergency Management Coordinator.

Some of the things they teach students are.

"Knowing first aid, know how to do search and rescue, medical triage and things like that," tells Smith.

In today's class they focused on the medical side for the community emergency response team or CERT.
"Teach them how to bandage, how to stop bleeding, and how to check the airways, how to safely move somebody and when to move them or not move them," explains Smith.

The first thing taught today was how to open someone's airway to help them breath.
"Gently pushing their head back and pushing up with the chin," says Smith.

After learning, the students practiced opening someone's airway during a simulated situation.
Next the students learned how to bandage and stop someone from bleeding out. Smith teaches them to use whatever resources they have to bandage and wrap a bleeding cut.

They also had to work as a team to move an injured person.
Students are glad they went through the class to learn new skills.
"I learned how to help people and what say and what not to say when helping them, says Allysa Gomez, Student.
"Help people in a disaster," adds Ceygan, Student.
"Because I feel like I can do a better job saving people than I did before," declares Jose Molina

After sitting in the class and watching, i decided to try my luck at wrapping a victims arm to stop the bleeding.
The lesson learned today is to try to be part of the solution in an emergency.

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