Scouts Practice Emergency Response With Help from Local EMS

We know their motto, always be prepared. But now scouts from all over our area are taking it to a new level with the help of local EMS.

Thursday scouts were put tot he test when an emergency call came in over the camp radio. The call alerted scouts and troop leaders about an accident in the woods involving two campers, both injured and in need of medical attention.

While the scenario looked real, complete with fake cuts and blood, it was actually staged so scouts could learn what to do in similar emergencies.

"We really didn't know what happened yet, but once we got there it seemed pretty real," scout Joe Toboyek told NewsChannel 7.

Toboyek was one of the first scouts on scene. Before the emergency call went out, he had been spending the day training in first aid response.

"Well I got the stretcher over there and then I had to hold down one of the injured person's head."

Toboyek said as soon as he arrived on scene he put what he had learned in training to use.

"Some of the steps of how to make sure you don't move them if they have neck injuries, where to put the bandages and where to keep down good pressure," all came into play Toboyek explained.

Once EMS arrived, scouts helped load the victims in the ambulance and transport them the the Medevac landing site.

For scouts who didn't respond directly to the scene, the simulation was still a good training experience in emergency response.

"I obviously learned that you have to stay calm no matter what and you have to be patient," scout Joe Daniels said.

Kochemink Course Director Mike LaPorte couldn't be more pleased with his scouts' performance.

"It took a lot and they responded awesome," he smiled. "I couldn't have asked for it to go any better than it did."

The scouts didn't know this was a simulation until after Medevac arrived, then troop leaders let them in on the secret.

Scouts we spoke to say they feel far more confident in their ability to respond to an emergency after the training.

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