News: New York Army National Guard soldiers help Girls Scouts earn their First Aid badges
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard soldiers assigned to the air ambulance company headquartered at the Patriot Way Armory will teach their military first aid skills to members of Girls Scout Troop 82063 from Kendall during the soldiers' drill on Sunday, May 6.
Members of the press are invited to attend.
WHO: Sixty-eight New York Army National Guard Soldiers of F Co. 1st Battalion, 169th General Support Aviation Battalion and nine members of Girl Scout Troops 82063
WHAT: The soldiers ,who are preparing for a deployment, will train on their Army Warrior Task that deal with first aid while assisting the Girl Scouts earn their first aid badges as Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts will learn how to prevent serious outdoor injuries; learn to use everyday objects to make splints, recognize signs of drug overdose and alcohol poisoning and learn how to handle wilderness emergencies. The Soldiers will learn how to transport a casualty, perform first aid for bleeding, perform first aid for burns, prevent shock, and evaluate a casualty.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday May 6th, 2012
WHERE: New York State Armory, 76 PATRIOT WAY, ROCHESTER, NY 14624-5102 (adjacent to Rochester International Airport.
For access to this secure military facility members of the press must contact Sgt. Amber Davis at 585-783-5389.
The soldiers are preparing for a deployment where they may see injuries of this nature both during combat and in the FOB During a Mortar/Rocket attack. Our job as a MEDEVAC unit is to be able to manage these types of injuries to ensure the survivability of soldiers that we transport. The Girl Scouts need to earn their First Aid Badges in addition to being able to assist there community in times of need. This type of training provides a realistic event which can be used for everything from helping family members to assisting Fire/EMS when needed.
The girls of Troop 82063 feel that this is a good idea because they know that it is best to be prepared for any situation, whether it be from a bike accident to a friend with alcohol poisoning, according to Troop Leader Belinda Henry. They like to learn new things and you never know if something like this may lead to a future nurse, doctor or technician. she said.