Archive for June, 2014

This is a very brief review of the First Aid/CPR/AED class offered by Fusion Security Solutions.  I took this all-day class on Saturday, June 28.  I came to this course as pretty much a novice.  All I knew about CPR came from movies and television shows.  I did not know what an AED was when I walked into the classroom.  In short, I’m probably not the person you want to have nearby if something happened to you that required serious attention (other than calling 911).

Training courses are often the last topic on everyone’s mind during the summer months, so I enjoyed the small class.  Small classes ensure that everyone gets to ask lots of questions and I appreciated the frequent opportunities for discussion.

The instruction was a Sunnyvale EMT and in summary, he did a great job.  Everyone in the class was in the security business and Mr. Locke tailored the material and discussion to situations that have a high probability of occurrence in our industry.  He also did an excellent job at handling a wide variety of questions ranging from improvised splints (yes, you can make a tourniquet from Gorilla tape and a pen) to field treatment where medical response is likely to be far away.

The class is divided into two parts, the first of which deals with situations such as chocking and leads up to CPR and use of an AED (semi-automatic version).  We had three people in the class, which was perfect for running multiple drills where we had to respond to a simulated situation from beginning to end.  One person checked the area for security, then checked the person (a dummy on the ground) for responsiveness.  Upon failing that test, he directed someone to call 911 and another person to get the AED.  The 911 caller had to simulate calling 911, then report the progression of CPR cycles and results from the AED.  He also informed the group of the ETA for EMT personnel.   Then, we switched roles and performed the same simulated drill on an infant.

After lunch, we covered a variety of first aid situations, ranging from heat exhaustion to heart attacks to strokes.  Again, I liked the highly interactive nature of the conversations and there were lots of questions on the material.  Speaking of material, I have lots of notes that need to be transcribed so that I can have a MS Word document handy for continual review.

Overall, I thought the course was a day and $50 well spent.  I’m hardly an EMT wannabe, but at least I feel highly confident of knowing what to do in a wide variety of first-aid scenarios.  That’s a lot better than some bozo who has only seen CPR on TV.

Here are the fab four – the three students and our instructor.


I believe this was the very first instance of this particular course, and I have to admit to quite a bit of distraction with all the cool, wall-to-wall gear in the shop 🙂

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