NEW ORLEANS, LA — The New Orleans EMS community outreach program focuses on preventative health and safety education for citizens of Orleans Parish to aid in their mission of saving lives.
They have four outreach programs as of present: TASK Force for Kids, Children Passenger Safety, Mock Crashes and CPR Training.
1. TASK Force for Kids
EMS aims to keep children of all ages safe and healthy through education and empowerment. The department strives to reduce unintentional injury and illness among children in the New Orleans area through innovative methods to reach the youth, such as ambulance demonstrations and interactive safety talks.
2. Children Passenger Safety
EMS is actively promoting Child Passenger Safety Program to reduce child injuries and deaths caused by automobile accidents. EMS offers free child safety seat inspections cooperated with certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
3. Mock Crashes
The Mock Crashes, also called the Sudden Impact Program, is hosted by the University Medical Center of Louisiana's Level 1 Trauma Center Injury Prevention Department. The program was developed to teach high school students about responsibility by driving safely and avoid unsafe behavior behind the steering wheel.
Sudden Impact Program is conducted in collaboration with UMCNO staff, Louisiana State Police, and the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office. EMS performed simulated, scenario-based crashes using student actors and show how unsafe decisions will cause accidents.
4. CPR Training
To reduce the mortality rate caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), Certified CPR instructors collaborated with EMS to offer an American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR course free of charge for the public. The programs cover CPR, AED use, and first aid for choking.