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First reponder certificate
First reponder certificate
Story by encor
Photos by Art of s/v OK Fine

Congratulations are in order for 18 members  of our cruising community for their participation in the recently held First Responders Class for Boaters. 

The free event was held in the newly renovated fire station, with plenty of room for desks and demonstrations.

Johnny instructs with a mannequin
Johnny instructs with a mannequin
After coffee and muffins (thank you Vista Rio), Chief Rita and Instructor Johnny  got right into the substance of their mission, helping us learn how to help ourselves and each other.

There was never a dull moment, and questions were welcome, usually leading to more  discussions.  

As well as recognizing what the scene involved, the basics of CPR were covered, and everyone got to practice on the dummies. Simply being aware is very important, like with a choking person.

Fire chief Rita
Fire chief Rita

One popular idea was for each marina to construct and have available, a backboard, primarily for spinal injuries, but also for transporting the injured person into a lancha for example.  See the foto for an idea of how simple this can be made from a piece of plywood.  (actual dimensions are available at the firehouse.)

The comments at the end of the day seemed to be along the lines of "wow, I never knew that", to "hey, this really works", to "THANKS Rita and Johnny, for making this happen".  

 Rumor has it there will be another free class later in the year, watch this space and sign up for something good that YOU can use to make a difference.

Fire Chief Rita demonstrates first response care
Fire Chief Rita demonstrates first response care

Students watch as Rita demonstrates infant CPR
Students watch as Rita demonstrates infant CPR

And if you see a box like this,put something in it for our dedicated group of bomberos to continue the good work.

Donation box for Rio Dulce Bomberos
Donation box for Rio Dulce Bomberos

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