The Kentucky Division of Forestry (DOF) now has the CPR and First Aid skills to assist personnel in the field thanks to the Division of Mine Safety (DMS), which recently conducted a BLS/Advanced First Aid Class for personnel with the forestry division.
Department for Natural Resources Commissioner Alan Luttrell initiated the higher level training after seeing up close the response to last year’s wildfires in southeast Kentucky during which multiple agencies within the Energy and Environment Cabinet were deployed to assist KY Division of Forestry with logistics.
Ten forestry personnel learned skills on Sept. 26-28 at the Department of Mine Safety office in Hazard, KY such as airway management, caring for soft tissue injuries and shock, caring for muscle and bone injuries and recognizing symptoms of heart attacks and strokes. During the instruction, the class split into two teams to practice their first aid skills.
“We were able to see first-hand the many risks involved in firefighting, particularly in the remote areas of rough terrain,” said DMS instructor Tim Burns. “Just as in the coal industry, we quickly realized the importance of having trained personnel working with the crews in these isolated areas.”
Tim Brown, branch manager for field operations for the DOF, said the training, which brought foresters together from different parts of the state, would be repeated in the future.