Help First Responders Rescue You

Help First Responders

Help First Responders Rescue You Part 1

It's been a busy hurricane season with several major storms over the past few weeks. You've seen the videos and pictures of people trapped by flooding and forced to evacuate to shelters.

First responders from across the country have jumped into action, saving lives every day. This morning we want to talk about ways you can help first responders get you to safely if you ever find yourself in an emergency.

Assistant Chief Dwayne Church with the Greensboro Fire Department shared tips to on ways you can make first responders jobs easier to make that you're rescued in emergency situations. 

When first responders get to a scene, they're assessing for safety. Not only are they looking at element and damage, but also looking for weapons both real (guns, knives) or makeshift (sticks, pipes).  They're looking at your hands to assess your stress level. 

If you're a bystander make sure that you point the first responders in the right direction. Tell them who needs help. Many times, bystanders focus on recording what's happening instead of telling the first responders where to go. 

As much as first responders want to save everyone, they can't. Weather conditions particularly wind gusts can derail rescue efforts. First responders balance risk vs. rescue in making decisions. 


Helping First Responders Save You – Part 2 

Several major storms over the past few weeks have been the story of this hurricane season. You've seen videos and pictures of people trapped by flooding and forced to evacuate to shelters.

First responders from across the country have jumped into action, saving lives every day. We want to talk about ways you can help first responders get you to safety if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.

Dwayne Church, Assistant Chief of the Greensboro Fire Department shared tips. Handling people's emotions difficult in rescues. In crisis situations, people are anxious, nervous, scared, angry, distraught. And these emotions wreck havoc on their ability to remain rational and calm. 

 

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