CEMA's 'Community Training Day' teaches people how to save lives

Participants learned how to properly roll victims over onto their sides. (Caitlyn Penter WTGS).

Chatham County Emergency Management (CEMA) offered two classes on Thursday: 'Stop the Bleed' and 'Until Help Arrives.'

It was known as 'Community Training Day," and participants gathered at the Savannah Civic Center.

According to CEMA officials, this program was the first one of its kind to teach two national programs on the same day.

“As far as we know this is the first time it’s been done in the country,” said Chelsea Sawyer, an emergency management specialist.

There were over 50 participants from a variety of backgrounds. Security guards, law enforcement, community leaders, and families all attended the program.

Sawyer said she hopes this class gives people confidence.

“We want people to feel empowered to make a difference and to step in and feel like they can actually impact change," said Sawyer.

Participants learned how to apply tourniquets, pack wounds, and properly move victims.

“Applying tourniquets and keeping tourniquets on is what saves lives," said Sawyer.

Students were taught skills they could use in situations when first responders have yet to arrive to a scene.

One attendee was still in school. He goes back to school next Monday, and is excited to teach his new skills to his classmates.

“I have learned the way and how to help somebody if they passed out," he said.

Lateia Lott participated in the class and she said she learned so much.

“It's about putting the fear aside and just going in there and doing the job," said Lott.

CEMA offers different classes throughout the year to increase public knowledge.

Their next class will be offered in the fall and it will be specific to West Savannah and Hudson Hill communities. It is a part of CEMA's 'Community Emergency Response Team' training. It's geared to youth ages 16-25.

They are still configuring the dates for the fall class.

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