Emergency Medical Training an asset for security officers

POSTED: 04/3/12 12:45 PM


St. Maarten – They say of all the numbers, 12, is the symbol of strength and authority. For one local security company, the certification of 12 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) on Sunday will help them to maintain a competitive edge and contribute to the St. Maarten community.

Sheriff Security Force N.V was in good company when some of its officers were certified and recertified by the Windward Islands Emergency Medical Services (WIEMS) as part of a larger group of 42 EMTs. Over a two week period, they underwent the same rigorous; life saving training that is offered to fire fighters and ambulance personnel. The security officers, all dressed in the company’s immaculate uniform proudly waved their EMT cards, accredited by the American Heart Association. For them it brings a higher level of responsibility because of increased knowledge. As one security officer remarked, “We always promote safety first so any location that we are placed on will remain safe, even if there is a medical emergency.”

Sheriff Security has been in existence for close to 14 years and prides itself on providing services such as stationed guards and K-9 security. On Sunday, WIEMS singled it out as one of the few corporate citizens who commits to sending batches of employees for classes on pre-hospital care annually.

This year’s course was conducted by seasoned instructors Robert Earl Powell and Doreen Vines of Washington D.C and Joanna (Ans) Rijnboutt.  All of WIEMS’ courses and protocols are overseen by medical director, Dr. Glen Bryson.

“The knowledge of how to function on the road in a trauma situation is the topic I enjoyed the most,” said security officer Kenrick Daniels.

Daniels was one of the first EMTs of Sheriff Security Force and his recertification means that for two more years he will be allowed to stabilize patients and even administer medication if necessary before the patient reaches the hospital. Apart from his security duties, Daniels also volunteers his time at WIEMS activities such as walk-a-thons and with the organization’s standby ambulance to maintain his certification.

Byron Alexander has been an EMT for the past six years. He said that apart from the challenge the training brings with it.

“I like the idea of being able to assist people in any kind of emergency situation. Coming from a military background and then joining Sheriff’s paramilitary force where I got the EMT training makes me an asset. I like the scenarios that are created so that we can function and assist the emergency services in real disasters.”

The other Sheriff Security Force employees who graduated on Sunday were Cecil Griffith, Nyoto Jones, Odwin Abrams, George Williams, Mark Swaby, Mae West, Marva Moore-Deodatt Jennifer Coombs, David Martin and Aldane Coley.  Dr. Bryson he heartened to see the number of trained persons in the community increasing.

“After 20 years I am pleased with what we have been able to accomplish so far,” he concluded.

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