It seems that tragedy has become a commonality in today’s society.
Everywhere you look, every news story you hear or read, tragedy is knocking at the door. Just a few weeks ago, tragedy hit Las Vegas, taking the lives of 58 innocent people. What is remarkable about tragedy though, is how it brings people together. Thanks to the people who risked their lives to help and the training they had, hundreds of injured concertgoers are alive today.
To better prepare communities for when tragedy does strike, Reno Guns & Range is hosting an emergency training course on Sunday, November 5. Below is a Q&A interview with Jay Hawkins, Training and Compliance Manager.
Q:What is the emergency training being held at Reno Guns and Range?
A: The Responding to Violence course is a collaboration between Reno Guns & Range and R.E.M.S.A. designed to educate the student how to best apply simple survival strategies and basic medical techniques when confronted with a surprising, chaotic and lethal event in a public environment. This class is for anyone who desires to better prepare themselves should a violent incident occur as a result of workplace violence, active/spree shooter or act of terrorism. This comprehensive course starts in the classroom discussing Simple Survival Strategies, Psychological Reactions, Mindset, Pre-contact Indicators and Demystifying tools of Intimidation. After lunch, Avery Balwin, NREMT-P with R.E.S.M.A., covers understanding and responding to imminent traumatic injuries, controlling bleeding, the application of Tourniquets, Hemostatic Agents, Direct Pressure and Wound Packing along with other life saving techniques.
Q: Why is it important to host a training course on responding to violence?
A: Unfortunately, in this day and age violence is becoming more common. It doesn’t matter the means in which that violence is delivered, we need to have a plan, we need training so upon recognizing a threat we can intuitively respond and that our response is appropriate, making us safer. Additionally, we need to understand how to help our families, ourselves and others who may have suffered a traumatic injury and time is critical to their survivability.
Q: What should the community know about helping others in emergency situations?
A: Understanding when and how basic life saving techniques, such as applying a tourniquet, compression bandage or hemostatic agent, can dramatically aid in controlling blood loss, and how to utilize a chest seal when appropriate and stabilize someone. [We’re teaching] the idea that someone else can and will arrive in time may not be realistic and that we need to be able to make ourselves safer, that we may need to defend ourselves and that we may need to be able to provide aid to ourselves and others.