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HOW TO REACT PROPERLY IN EXTREME SITUATIONS AND SAVE LIVES: INSTRUCTING PLAST IN TERNOPIL


Lives are not saved by first aid kits, lives are saved by people. Using this motto, "Patriot Defence" instructors led a course for Plast from the 20th till the 21st of February in Ternopil.

The Older Scout Romanna Pavlyuk went through the "Patriot Defence" Combat LifeSaver course in November of 2015. In February Romana was already the leader of the tactical medicine training in Ternopil. Between 2 training sessions she got to give first aid twice.

"After I went through the "Patriot Defence" training, in December in just one week I had two incidents where I needed to give first aid, - says Romanna. - The training teaches both using a first aid kit correctly, and how to react properly in extreme situations, that's why I didn't lose focus."

Teaching "Plastuns", instructors try to give as much information as possible within the lines of the Combat LifeSaver course. "'Plastuns' are young people, who want to know more, hence why they ask more questions: why the needle? Why is it exactly like this? How it helps, or other stuff – none of that. To them it is essential to understand the root cause." - shares Hlib Bityukov, "Patriot Defence" instructor.

Instructors tell us that they try to give the students a lot of practice during the course: a room with smoke, traditional habit training, work with casualties in a car, certain unusual accidents, and also included are accidents that happen in civilian life.

Instructor Stanislav Hayevskiy adds, that the general procedure algorithms leading up to giving first aid are the same in tactical and civilian situations. "If you go out on the street and see a grandma who is pain, then the "CABC" algorithm works as well." adds Stanislav.

Together with these tactical medicine teachings they help the "Plastuns" to prepare for their activities. They have a very active approach to recreation, which is why they are often in situations that might resemble being out on the field in the army. In the summer time, the "Legion" camp is held, with harsh conditions and expectations for the participants. In addition many "Plastuny" are in the military as well.

"We are only starting to introduce concepts like tactical medicine into Plast, and are starting to develop in this direction." says Romana Pavlyuk. Instructors add that in March "Patriot Defence" plans to train and prepare instructors of tactical medicine for Plast, and help to introduce relevant merit badges to the scout organization.

PATRIOT DEFENCE: ENLIGHTENMENT THROUGH MEDICINE • A HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE OF THE UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS
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