Auxiliarists Teach Lifesaving Skills to the USCG

Friday, November 21, 2014

A small group of auxiliarists have a unique way of supporting Sector Miami. Since 2006, an auxiliary training team has been providing the majority of CPR, AED and First Aid training to the Sector Miami active duty, reservists and auxiliarists.

Hands clear! A training team practices using a CPR/AED. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

Hands clear! A training team practices using a CPR/AED. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

USCG Auxiliary Article by Auxiliarist Terry Barth

Currently, the team has approximately 20 instructors that provide CPR/AED/Boat Crew First Aid to Stations Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth and Fort Pierce as well as the Patrol Boats, Aids to Navigation Teams, reservists, auxiliarists and other Sector Miami and Base Miami Beach Units. Although Sector Miami does provide a small yearly budget to replenish necessary CPR supplies, equipment and new instructor training, the auxiliary training team saves the Sector over $40,000.00 in annual training cost. They train between 400 and 500 shipmates per year. Active duty members involved in operations are required to successfully complete CPR recertification training annually.

USCG team members learn about first aid and CPR from Auxiliarist Terry Barth in the classroom. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

USCG team members learn about first aid and CPR from Auxiliarist Terry Barth in the classroom. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

Just like auxiliarists in general, CPR instructors come from all walks of life; physicians, nurses, therapists, law enforcement officers, college professors and more. You do not have to have a medical background to become part of the team, but you do need to be an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor with the willingness to learn and stay current on CPR procedures and protocols. Anyone interested in becoming an instructor must have attended a recent health care provider CPR course, study an ASHI instructor workbook at home and then complete and pass a 2-3 day instructor training course. Once a candidate has successfully completed the training segments, they work with an experienced instructor until they are able to conduct classes on their own.

All of the Sector Miami CPR Instructors are very active in their flotilla’s and divisions, but they are especially proud of being an elite group of auxiliarists that not only provide important mandatory training every year to Sector Miami members, but are integral to the active duty maintaining the skills they need to save lives.

There have been many cases, both active duty and auxiliary, where these skills have been put to use. Several lives, both human and animal, have been saved as a direct result of the training that the Sector Miami CPR Team has provided. No dollar amount can be attached to the saving of a life.

USCG members practice CPR. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

USCG members practice CPR. USCG Auxiliary Photo.


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  1. Sheranda Hines says:

    hey I was wondering if I can get information on teaching cpr, first aid, training to the coast guard…Im a auxiliarist in north Carolina and is a EMT working, and was wondering how can I get the health service device and do training classes…please email me back…

  2. Dr Michelle Keller says:

    Would you be so kind to pass on the information about Sector Miami CPR Team to me as well?

    There is great interest in my area as well.


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