65th Engineers help Boy Scouts earn first aid merit badge

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
2nd Lt. Steve Stark, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, observes as a Boy Scout practices CPR on a training dummy. While the training did not qualify the Scouts as “CPR certified,” it did provide the children with potentially lifesaving knowledge that they might otherwise have missed.

2nd Lt. Steve Stark, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, observes as a Boy Scout practices CPR on a training dummy. While the training did not qualify the Scouts as “CPR certified,” it did provide the children with potentially lifesaving knowledge that they might otherwise have missed.

Story and Photos by
2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Without question, first aid skills can make all the difference in an emergency situation, and Soldiers are trained to handle a wide range of potentially life-threatening emergencies, in both combat and garrison situations.

Soldiers in the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took the opportunity to take their knowledge of first aid and share it with the community, here.

The Soldiers volunteered to help Mililani Boy Scout Troop 664 earn its first aid merit badge and learn vital emergency response skills, Aug. 13.

“Scouts can always use first aid, whether on themselves or on a buddy,” said Russ Sekiya, assistant scoutmaster, Troop 664.

At the recent training event, 19 Soldiers from the battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters, Forward Support and 70th Geospatial companies volunteered to serve as subject matter experts in an array of first aid topics.

Topics included airway management, fractures, triage and buddy carries, among others. Each of the topics covered was required for the Boy Scouts’ first aid merit badges.

Joseph Lyons, an assistant scoutmaster from Mililani, has a son in Troop 664 and was glad to see the Soldiers working with the children.

“I am very grateful that (these Soldiers) are here,” Lyons said. “I appreciate that these guys can come out on a Saturday afternoon, when they would otherwise be spending time with family, and help our boys and the community.”

Volunteers from the 65th Eng. Bn. shared their knowledge of first aid with about 25 boys between the ages of 11 and 16.

Boy Scouts from Troop 664, Mililani, practice buddy carries at a recent training event. The Scouts teamed up with Soldiers from the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, to earn their first aid merit badges.

Boy Scouts from Troop 664, Mililani, practice buddy carries at a recent training event. The Scouts teamed up with Soldiers from the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, to earn their first aid merit badges.

The Scouts were eager to learn and provided the Soldiers with a receptive audience.

Spc. Charles Williams, 70th Geospatial Co., said the Scouts “were really intelligent. I feel that they would know what to do in an emergency situation.”

Skylar Agena, 16, a senior Scout, said he “enjoyed creating a relationship with the Soldiers and gaining knowledge from their experience.”

One of the Soldiers at the event, 2nd Lt. Steve Stark, showed Scouts how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

“After a single demonstration, (the Scouts) were able to pick up the machine and run through each of the necessary steps,” Stark said. “I was impressed by their willingness to get hands on with the equipment and training dummies.”

Pfc. Mark Corcoran, HHC, taught the Scouts CPR and was equally impressed by their receptiveness.

The volunteer event wrapped up with a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, provided by the Boy Scout troop.

During the barbecue, the Scouts voiced their interest in working with 65th Eng. Bn. Soldiers in future training events.

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