Armstrong EMTs Nick Landry and Stephanie Gleason with DCR lifeguards Brandon DeCleene, Aiden Hill, Sophia Leuci, Jackie Leuci, Lexi Bogosian, Erika Glowik, Shannon Daly and Zara Powell.
Armstrong Ambulance Service took part in extensive water rescue training exercises this week.
Along with colleagues from the Saugus and Lynn Fire Departments, Stoneham Police/Fire Dive Team and lifeguards from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Armstrong EMTs took part in a wide-ranging live water rescue training program at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus.
Armstrong EMTs provided land-based EMS support while lifeguards and fellow first responders underwent hands-on training to understand their roles in rescuing a swimmer in distress. The drills included the use of water craft, rescue scuba divers and posted lifeguards, and focused on multiple hazardous conditions on the water.
Various first responders were tasked with identifying a potential victim, locating and rescuing that victim and providing an area for firefighters and divers to attempt a rescue or recovery.
“Our EMTs need to be prepared to support their fellow first responders in a wide variety of emergency scenarios,” Armstrong CEO Rich Raymond said. “I’m glad that we had an opportunity to participate in this highly realistic training exercise so that our EMTs and other participants could have the chance to better understand their roles in water-based situations and further improve their preparedness.”
Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc. is pleased to announce that members of its team shared their insight into the field of emergency medicine with a group of students at a Stop the Bleed training event late last month.
Armstrong Ambulance hosted the free hemorrhage control and first aid training in recognition of National EMS week on Thursday, May 23 at the Armstrong Ambulance Service ambulance bay on Mystic Street. A group of 15 students from Medford Vocational Technical High School’s Health Assisting program attended the event.
Armstrong tactical paramedics assigned to the NEMLEC SWAT Team led the training, during which students took part in hands-on exercises. Students practiced stopping a bleed by wrapping tourniquets on rubber tubes that sprayed water until they were properly tied off, allowing students to witness first hand whether their technique was correct and effective. During the training, students also reviewed proper CPR, AED and choke save techniques on infant and adult mannequins, and were shown by a paramedic how to properly intubate a patient.
“The students that attended this training were attentive, eager to learn and excited about the field of emergency medical services,” said Armstrong Chief Business Officer Meredith Lambroff. “It was exciting for our team to teach them these lifesaving procedures and provide some insight into the careers available in the field of EMS.”
In addition to the training, students learned about EMS careers from paramedics during a meet and greet. The highlight of the day, however, was when students met Willie Blue, Armstrong’s new support puppy.