Employees who are working within the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park have begun a 60-hour training to provide immediate medical assistance and potentially life-saving skills to their co-workers. The group is working toward earning their National Safety Council first responder certifications by attending classes offered by Mohave Community College.
Chris Shores, a production supervisor at Luseaux Laboratories, Inc., said he decided to attend the six-week course because he is interested in any certifications that can further his career.
“I’ve always been interested in helping people,” said the 32-year-old Kingman resident. “I think it’s cool to have this training not only for people in the industrial park, but also for my children. I want to be able to help in emergency situations and understand what’s going on.”
The students will learn skills that can assist in emergency medical situations, including patient assessment, cardiac emergencies, CPR, bleeding and shock, muscle, bone, head, and spine injuries, childbirth and assisting infants and children, according to the NSC website.
After course completion, the students must successfully complete a skills performance checklist and a written exam to earn their certifications.
MCC’s first responder instructor Jared Nichols said the students are receiving a level of training that is beneficial to both their professional and personally lives.
“Upon successful completion, these students will be able to assist with medical emergencies anywhere from a splinter to a severe, machine-related injury,” Nichols said. “This training will hopefully provide them with the comfort to provide life-saving care.”
Aaron Pitts, who has worked within the industrial park for four years, said he decided to participate in the class because he wants to be able to help those who might be injured.
“I could potentially save a life,” he said.