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GOAL Provides Emergency Training to William Way Staff

On October 20th, members of GOAL provided emergency preparedness training to the staff of the William Way Center in Center City. Leading this vital training session was GOAL member and Paramedic Craig Hall, who was joined by fellow GOAL members EMT Ed Callahan and EMT and Police Sergeant Nicholas Tees. This comprehensive 4-hour training aimed to empower participants with the skills and knowledge needed to respond effectively to life-threatening emergencies until professional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive on the scene.

The course, First on the Scene (FOTS), is a comprehensive curriculum developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) in collaboration with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). FOTS equips individuals with the necessary information and skills to assist those experiencing medical emergencies, Participants were taught a wide range of critical skills to ensure they were well-prepared to take immediate action when confronted with life-threatening emergencies. The key components covered in this training included:

1. Activating the 911 System

2. Hands-Only CPR and AED Usage

3. Administering Naloxone

4. Administering Auto-Epinephrine Injectors

5. Responding to Life-Threatening Bleeding

6. Responding to Penetrating Chest Trauma

7. Moving Patients to Safety

8. Positioning Injured Patients

This training underscores GOAL's dedication to LGBTQIA+ community safety and education. It demonstrates the transformative power of partnership, bridging the gap between first responders and the LGBTQIA+ public. To partner with GOAL, email

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