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Feb. 2, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU expands workshops for EMTs, firefighters, first responders

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “When you are successful, keep doing it,” is the philosophy James Brockman, director of workforce and professional development at Slippery Rock University’s Center for Lifelong and Community Learning, is following by expanding programs for emergency first responders.

A recent sold-out, five-day training session has spawned eight additional programs, including those for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, police, fire and rescue workers, lifeguards, government agents, park ranges, water conservation officers and members of the military.

“We were so pleased with the results of our first session that included hands-on “victim” exercises and with the response of those taking the class, we immediately began plans for additional sessions,” Brockman said. The courses, all on the SRU campus, run through late spring.

The Cold Water Immersions Survival course will be a one-day event offered Feb. 19 in conjunction with the National Water Safety Congress. The workshop is designed for boating safety education volunteers and instructors, rescue specialists and first responders, including law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, lifeguards and others, who may deal with rescuing and recovering victims as well as re-warming those suffering from hypothermia.

Robert Ogoreuc, assistant professor of physical education and director of SRU’s aquatics program, will be the instructor. Tuition is $189. Registrations are due Feb. 11.

Tactical Emergency Medicine, with instructors from the Owens Community College, will be offered March 7-11. The workshop will aid those who work with SWAT teams in providing out-of-hospital care. The course will cover paramedic practices not taught in standard paramedic courses or medical schools.

Tuition is $999. The registration deadline is Feb. 25.

Aquatic Spinal Injuries offered March 21 will cover prevention, recognition and management of aquatic spinal injuries. Participants will learn about the various aquatic environments where the majority of spinal injuries occur, how to identify the person who is most at risk of suffering a spinal cord injury, the signs and symptoms of a potential spinal injury and other related issues. Ogoreuc will be the instructor.

Tuition is $79, and the registration deadline is March 11.

A Law Enforcement Life Saver course for officers with little or no first aid training will be offered April 13. The sessions will teach participants to apply their skills in a hostile environment and will provide critical skills to those who find themselves in harm’s way. The course will cover basic medical aid for the student and his or her partner in the first crucial minutes before EMS arrives. Participants will receive an American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Certification Card upon successful program completion.

Instructors will come from Owens Community College. Tuition is $189, with registration due April 4.

Defensive Tactics for EMS personnel is a one-day workshop in how to handle patients, bystanders and relatives who may become aggressive or violent toward caregivers. While not a class in street fighting, the course will provide ways to escape or control others to avoid physical confrontations.

Tuition is $149 for the April 30 session. The registration deadline is April 20.

Open Water Rescue for First Responders Awareness will be offered May 14-15 in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police, Marine Services Bureau. The session is for law enforcement, firefighters, EMS providers and lifeguards and will offer information on personal rescue skills as well as rescue of victims in distress in open water and surf environments.

Ogoreuc will be the instructor. Tuition is $389. Registrations are due May 4.

An Advanced Tactical Emergency Medicine course, May 18-20, continues where the TEMS course ends. The class will involve hands-on challenges for those involved in intense tactical operations. Live fire, firearms training and demanding medical response in real world tactical scenarios are part of the course.

Tuition is $729, with registrations due May 9.

K-9 Down Casualty Care will be offered June 4-5 providing in-depth training for care of the canine first responder. Participants will learn through hands-on skill applications and participation in a K-9 Down trauma scenario.

Tuition is $599 with registrations due May 25.

For more information or to register call SRU’s Center for Lifelong and Community Learning at 724.738.1601.

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