WYANET — There’s a new training mannequin in town at the Wyanet Rescue Unit.
The $3,200 adult Nasco Crisis ACLS mannequin was paid for through memorial funds donated by Wyanet residents or their families, according to Brian Duran, incoming training officer for Wyanet Rescue.
“We are pretty pleased to have it,” Duran said.
The mannequin “is a complete resuscitation system that presents challenges we may face in real-world situations,” he said. “It has five major features allowing practice of several simulation scenarios.
“We can do everything from basic life support to advanced life support training with the unit,” Duran said.
The previous training mannequin was good only for practicing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and putting on splints.
With the new mannequin, rescue unit personnel can practice opening airways, taking blood pressures, starting IVs, giving medications in the arm, practicing defibrillation and checking pulses, as well as CPR, Duran said.
“This one here is a big upgrade, and we’re very appreciative of it,” he said.
The arrival of the new training mannequin came at an opportune time.
“We have new members and other members that run on other departments, and that way we can train appropriately and as often as we want,” Duran said.
“Members of the Wyanet Rescue Unit would like to say thank you to all the families who have donated to make this purchase possible,” he said.
Wyanet Rescue Unit, established in 1974, has 19 members, among them EMTs, paramedics and drivers. They provide service to the approximately 1,000 residents of Wyanet and another 700 or so people who live in the rural areas of the fire protection district.
Glenda Klingenberg is director, and Sharon Weborg is assistant director.