This past weekend NSRI Bakoven crew came together for their annual Maritime Emergency Care (MEC) training. Saturday the crew did theory sessions combined with practical demonstrations at the NSRI Head Office and on Sunday everyone met at the base where the four respective crews were given specific scenarios to complete.
Saturday kicked off with NSRI’s CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson who joined in the training and spoke about functional brain injury and the importance of crew wellbeing. The volunteers were also very fortunate to have Dustin Greeff from Redstar Medical who generously dedicated his time to assist with the theory training and practical demonstrations. The main aim of the course was to focus on the typical patient that a sea rescue volunteer may encounter during a call out. To make it as realistic as possible volunteers shared stories of their own experiences during past call outs and everyone participated in the discussions. Sunday started with a visit from Andrew Ingram who spoke about drowning prevention and the drowning patient. An added bonus was the WC Government Health EMS (Metro Medics) who joined on both days to further contribute to the practical demonstrations, shared experiences and who helped with the technical questions.
Not only did everyone learn tremendously from all those who participated in the weekend but it was a great bonding experience between crews, the station as a whole and the greater emergency medical services.
The Bakoven volunteers wish to express their sincere gratitude to Dr Cleeve Robertson, Dustin Greeff, Andrew Ingram and the WC Government Health EMS for their time and their valuable input.