First Responders to the rescue

First Responders to the rescue by Nicole Mosberger First Responders are coming to the rescue again.

Although there aren't any medical facilities in Wakonda, First Responders come in and take action to provide medical attention to their patient or patients at the scene of an emergency, prepare the patients and help them until the ambulance comes.

First Responders are four students from Wakonda High School: Jeanie Stockland, Kim Hendriksen, Eric Skonhovd, and Alan Alsdorf.

The training the First Responders received was from the Yankton EMTs and Wakonda's own Teri and Darrell Madsen. The training was several hours on different occasions, with refresher courses. The First Responders had training in CPR, emergency medical procedures, taking blood pressure, back boarding, treating shock and using medical equipment.

First Responders also received two written tests and two hands on tests when their training was complete. The test consisted of questions about medical procedures, different emergency scenarios and what you would do in each type of emergency.

The high school students say that the test was challenging but everyone managed to pass the test. Hendriksen said, "I wanted to be a First Responder because I wanted to help others and get a background in the medical field. I plan on having a career with health, so I thought this would be a good start. I think it's a good idea, it gives you a lot of experience and you never know when you'll come along and find someone who is in need of help."

If you are interested in being a First Responder you must be 16 years of age. You can get information about being a First Responder from any of the First Responders or contact Teri or Darrel Madsen. Stockland has been on several calls and adds, "It's a great way to give back to your community and to help out! Also it is a great experience if you have any interest in the medical field."

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