So you are in the church, and a shooter comes in and shoots members of your church family. You see the shooter has been taken down, and they are being held by several people, but you look around at those that were injured by this person. Here is the question: are you just going to sit there and look at all of the injured people, or are you going to jump in and try to save some lives?
In order to save lives, you need to know what to do. If you do the wrong thing, you may injure someone worse, or you may even kill them. Your not a nurse, a doctor, or even an EMT, but you can get training that WILL teach you what you need to do. In most instances, the training you need and will get, is not expensive, it will just take a little time to complete.
So where can you get this type of training? Let’s start with the obvious and the cheapest way to start. Talk with your local ambulance provider. In most instances, they will send someone to your church for a basic class at no charge. No, this is not a certified class, but who cares? As long as you are taught what to do, that is all that matters! If your worried about lawsuits, … DON”T!!! There is a thing called the Good Samaritan Law. How fitting, considering the setting. This law protects people who do not have a “duty to act” from being sued. Who has a duty to act? EMT’s, Doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field. The only exception is if you do something that you knew would have caused more death and injury, then you can be sued, but who is going to do that?
So, if you can get enough people together who want to take a basic knowledge first aid class, then contact the local ambulance service. Most of them love the PR that this builds, and they also like the fact that there is a better chance for a patient to be alive when they arrive on scene.
The second way to get some basic training is to take a basic first aid course is online. If after taking a basic course, you find you would like to learn more, then you could always take an advanced course. Where can you find these courses? There are multitudes of them! You can learn some basic principles for free at First Aid for Free and First Aid Web. There is also some sites that sell online training which are very good too. One that I find exceptionally good is ProTrainings. Of course, I am sure that there are plenty of other companies out there that provide this type of training, and a simple Google search should help you identify them.
Of course, there are paid classes that are put on locally by the American Red Cross, as well as other organizations. A simple search in your local area should provide on or two agencies that provide basic first aid training. The point being made in this blog is that you can do something, providing you are willing to pull yourself away from the TV, the computer, or your cell phone long enough to take a class.
More blogs will be coming your way tomorrow! May God bless you, … Mark