Freshen Up On First Aid Basics At Local College


If an accident happens at your work or home, would anyone there know what to do to properly care for the injured victim?

If not, then Gila Community College in Payson has a one-day, enrichment class just for you.


Mike Ward

Mike Ward will present a first aid class at GCC from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22.

People who complete the class will receive certification in basic first aid from the American Safety & Health Institute, Ward said.

Participants will learn the skills needed to care for someone who has injured in advance of the arrival of professionals or making a trip to the emergency room.

"It will teach people when they need to call 911," Ward said.

Students will learn about:

  • Patient assessment;
  • Handling traumatic injuries such as broken bones or accidents involving the neck or back;
  • Dealing with medical situations such as a stroke or a diabetic incident;
  • Both adult and child first aid;
  • Helping with miscellaneous injuries such as a nose bleed or getting a tooth knocked out;
  • Dealing with someone in shock or with food poisoning.

"The book is small enough that it can be kept handy for easy reference and all the students taking the class get a copy of the book," Ward said.

Participants will get hands-on training in the class, learning how to put on a bandage and make a splint, he said.

He has been teaching American Safety & Health First Aid classes for about six years, presenting five programs a year on average. This class will be offered quarterly at Gila Community College in Payson.

Ward said he also teaches the class to a lot of the Forest Service's summer personnel and said they have had many opportunities to use the training in the field.

Ward has been a paramedic for eight years. He works with both the Pine Strawberry Fire Department and Native American Air Ambulance Service.

"I stay active and current," he said.

To find out more about the class stop by 201 N. Mud Springs Road, call (928) 468-8039, or visit the website, www.gilaccc. org/ncpayson.html. The cost of the course is $30.

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