Girl Scouts learn first aid

On March 16, Bedford Girl Scout Troop 20800 invited the senior Scouts of their town to join them in learning the importance of first aid and the work of nurses and firemen at the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Jessica Jaques and Nicole Marini, two emergency room nurses from Elliot Hospital in Manchester, gave an in-depth presentation on first aid skills, including performing triage in cases of mass casualties and using everyday objects to make splints, as well as helping an injury to the head or neck and the signs of drug overdose and alcohol poisoning.

They gave demonstrations on proper care of broken bones and how to create makeshift slings.

Jen Thompson, a nurse physician, also from the Elliot, taught the girls how to operate an AED in cases of emergency.

The Bedford Fire Department came, in its entirety, to show the troops the technology and systems included in an ambulance. John Snow explained the various purposes of the equipment in the vehicle.

Instruction was given on how to secure victims for transport to the hospital in which the Scouts got to experience strapping each other onto a backboard and putting on a cervical collar.