First Aid Crew Wins National Award

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

WAYNESBORO, Va -- Volunteers with the Waynesboro First Aid Crew hear a bell and jump into action. Volunteer Greg Payne helped the crew win first place at a statewide rescue squad competition.

“We work well as a team, so no matter what was thrown at us, we knew we could get it accomplished,” said Payne.

Seven volunteers had 15 minutes to find injuries and to treat patients in an exercise.

The crew uses mannequins to learn what to do, but they also do drills on real people. That way, they can respond to EMTS about their situation.

Payne said the adrenaline helped them focus on their task.

“Even though you're working on a simulation or a dummy, it's just like working on a real person. You go in there and you know you have a job to do, and even though there's a mannequin laying there on the floor, you treat it like a real person.”

It is that training that Robbi Blackburn, another volunteer, said helps people know how to handle a real emergency.

“All of the practices that we go through, all of the district competitions that we go through, it makes it all worthwhile,” said Blackburn.

That worthwhile feeling of winning has the crew motivated until next year's competition.

“I just jumped for joy. Chairs were flying,” said Payne. “This is a top award that you want to win. The adrenaline and the joy and the team, all of us jumped.”

The Waynesboro First Aid Crew gets about 5,000 calls a year and they have about 75 volunteers.

They are eligible for an international competition next year because the crew won this award.

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