We are pleased to share
that our unit received a 'mini-grant' through the Upper Merrimack
Valley Public Health Coalition. The requirements were to complete
a project that would benefit the entire seven-community region,
and be completed by June 30.
All of the goals for
this short turn-around project -- less than seven weeks! -- were
completed successfully. We were awarded $3939 to promote two new
federal programs, and to make our unit's first aid kit more robust
to support events across the region.
'You Are The Help...
Until Help Arrives' was rolled out as a major initiative
for the MRC in April. The UMV MRC trained 14 members how to team-teach
this new federal curriculum. We offered it as a pilot course to
our own members on Flag Day, June 14. The feedback was highly
enthusiastic. We then delivered this course for 30 members of
the public and MRC volunteers on June 29. See the flyer
for details. These were the first two classroom versions of 'Until
Help Arrives' to be held in Massachusetts.
'Topic 4' of the curriculum
explains how bystanders can apply basic skills to stop life-threatening
bleeding at the scene of an emergency. A more in-depth version
of this segment was released in October 2016, called 'Stop
The Bleed.' Our unit now has three instructors who are certified
to teach 'Stop the Bleed' t first responders. Moreover, we've
agreed to train a local police department in these skills during
their in-service education this October.