National EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's front line. This year, the Schertz EMS Community Health Team is bringing safety education to thirteen Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD (SCUCISD) schools throughout EMS Week, recognized May 19-25, 2019. Throughout the month, they will be demonstrating hands only CPR to over 7,000 students from grades 3rd through high school. Students will also learn how to respond to a cardiac arrest, how to call 911, the information dispatchers might ask, and they will be able to practice CPR.
To wrap up EMS Week, Schertz EMS will be hosting its inaugural Take 10 event at the Schertz Community Center on May 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Take 10 stands for “Take 10 minutes to learn compression only CPR.” The event is a community-based CPR training that is simple, fast and free. Cardiac arrest is an all-too-common and deadly event that can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. If more people know what to do, more people can survive. Take 10 is a 10 minute, three-step, hands-on training that provides practice for giving compressions and the confidence to act in an emergency.
“This year’s theme for National EMS Week is EMS Strong: Beyond the Call. We strive to go beyond the call every day; that’s why this year we decided to offer our first Take 10 CPR class and open house to the public,” commented EMS Director, Jason Mabbitt. “It is our responsibility to take care of our community, and this will be a chance for our community to meet some of our staff and learn what we do on a daily basis.”
In addition to learning compression only CPR at the Take 10 event, the community will also learn about the Passport to Care program, be able to schedule car seat inspections, and can tour the ambulances. A helicopter is scheduled to land (weather permitting) at the site of the event at 11:00 a.m. The community is invited out to partake in this free event. Join us in thanking our EMS personnel throughout EMS week for keeping Schertz a safe community.
For more information about Schertz EMS and the Take 10 event, follow the City of Schertz on Facebook or go to Schertz.com