SCOTT — City leaders are teaming up with local agencies from around Acadiana for "Safe Scott Day" this weekend.
The family-friendly event will teach you how to use first-responder techniques in the event of an emergency. Among the techniques that will be demonstrated: stopping bleeding, how to use a defibrillator, how to escape a burning building, and how to perform CPR.
"Hands-only CPR can save lives," said Tayler Worsham, a supervisor at the National EMS Academy, one of the agencies assisting with the event. "So you do CPR until help arrives. You're doing chest compressions. Your goal is to get that heart beating normally."
"The first-responder is ultimately whoever is there," said Mayor Jan-Scott Richard. "It's not necessarily the fire department or Acadian Ambulance. The first responder is ultimately the most important. Knowing the basic necessities and how to respond to potentially prolong that person's life until medical personnel gets there is vital."
Safe Scott Day takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Scott Event Center on Lions Club Road.