The Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad is helping people in the Valley be prepared in the case of an emergency.
The squad has designed a web-based community education portal as a resource to people in the Valley.
Squad member Chelsea White trains nearly every day to keep people in the Valley safe while she's on the job.
"If they can be educated ahead of time as to what's going to prevent an injury from whatever cause, then absolutely, I think it could be very helpful," White said of the website.
Squad Executive Director Kim Craig said teaching people what to do when an emergency happens could prevent the situation from getting worse.
"We are here for emergencies," Craig said. "If there's an emergency, dial 911 and we'll come. But it's also important to prevent and to know what to do before we get there."
Rescue squad members usually try to come in and practice on dummies about once a day to keep their techniques strong in case a call comes in.
White said making sure people are confident in the life-saving skills they may have is important if they have to call 911.
"Even then, a lot of people are hesitant to do anything," White said. "It's just a lack of training and a lack of exposure to it. I feel like if they've had more training and more exposure with something, you're going to be more likely to jump in."
The squad's using the Internet to reach out to younger people.
They want everyone to know how much preparedness can help when minutes and seconds mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.
"The more you talk about it, the more you think about how you're going to be able to react to it, you're going to be able to put feelings and emotions aside and react when you need to," White said.
The rescue squad said knowing your medical history and what medicines you take helps EMT workers be more efficient in an emergency.
Click on this link to visit the community education portal:
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