Published: Feb 10, 2024 08:00 AM
Scouts from Newtown Scout Troop 770, sponsored by St Rose of Lima, completed their First Aid Merit Badge during three sessions with the help from members of Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Botsford Fire Company.
The Scouts learned basic first aid skills including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) use, splinting, bleeding control, and moving injured people.
The Scouts also learned about careers such as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Firefighters and the equipment they use on a daily basis.
Guest instructors included Dr Rob Bazuro, Danbury Hospital Emergency Department doctor and the boys’ assistant scoutmaster; and Aaron Nezvesky, a firefighter with Botsford Fire Rescue and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps EMT.
Dr Rob Bazuro demonstrates the use of an AED to Troop 770 Scouts Parker Slater (front) and Matt Belisari. The troop recently spent time at Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters and Botsford Fire Rescue’s station while working on steps required to earn the badge. —photos courtesy Joe Belisari
Landon Slater demonstrates splinting and bleeding control techniques.
Troop 770 members with Botsford Fire Rescue Firefighter and Newtown Ambulance Volunteer EMT Aaron Nezvesky (right) at the Botsford firehouse.
Joe Belisari gives the thumbs up from a stretcher being operated by Parker Slater.
Troop 770 members, from left, Ethan Schare, Matt Belisari, Landon Slater, and Joe Belisari; Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps EMT and Assistant Scoutmaster Joseph Belisari; Scouts Parker Slater, Owen Mulcahey, Felix Bouchard, and Micah Houston; and Dr Rob Bazuro, Assistant Scoutmaster and a Danbury Hospital Emergency Department doctor.