Bergen County’s finest are renewing critical skills and techniques in the management of medical emergencies through a four-week comprehensive course that provides training in CPR, airway, trauma and emergency childbirth.
EHMC EMS employs the use of a model of the female abdomen – complete with baby and placenta – to simulate the labor and delivery scenarios and other obstetrical emergencies. Trainers perform the simulation in parking lots and the back of ambulances to ensure first responders experience a realistic scenario. Training also covers breech births and other pregnancy-related complications.
The course also allows participants to reinforce their skills in common emergency scenarios, including CPR, clearing a blocked airway, and safely removing accident victims from vehicles for transport to the nearest medical facility.
“We are pleased to provide this important course as a refresher to area firefighters and police officers,” said Harvey Weber, Director of EMS at EHMC. “When you’re first on the scene, you need to be prepared for anything - whether it’s assessing needs, making decisions or providing life-saving care. The response from our counterparts at local agencies has been extremely positive, allowing us to work together to offer the best pre-hospital care to folks in our community.”