The Boy Scouts Welcome Erie County Sheriff’s Office to The First Aid Rally: An Emergency First Aid Training and Simulation Event

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at West Seneca West Middle School, 395 Center Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. The event is open to Scouts and non-Scouts ages 9 to 20. Registration is $5 before January 23, $8 after, online at https://bit.ly/2CQ1uHS through 1/31. Youth can also become a Scout at the event.

The First Aid Rally offers first aid training to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturer and Explorer Scouts. Participants spend the morning learning and spend the afternoon applying their skills in scenarios such as car accidents and other emergencies. All youth participants will participate in teams of six for the day, based on their ages and prior first aid experience.

Erie County Sheriff’s Office will have deputies on site in the morning to demonstrate a K-9 unit and process Child ID cards. “Being a part of the First Aid Rally is a proactive way to protect children and build relationships in our community,” said Chief Joseph Savarese of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Hands on. No Desks. No Books.

“The First Aid Rally gives live, hands-on training. There are no desks, no chairs, and no books,” says Dick Hanaburgh, Program Executive for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council who runs the First Aid Rally. “The First Aid Rally is the training that helps a Scout be prepared to save a life,” says Russell Etzenhouser, Greater Niagara Frontier Council CEO. “Working with emergency personnel gives our youth the knowledge, experience and courage needed to act in an emergency. We cover bleeding and bandaging, as well as the leadership, communication and teamwork needed in an emergency,” says Etzenhouser.

The First Aid merit badge was the most popular Merit Badge earned in the Grater Niagara Frontier Council in 2018. A merit badge in First Aid has been available for Scouts to earn since the founding of the Scouts in 1910. The First Aid merit badge remains one of the thirteen required for a Scout to achieve the Rank of Eagle Scout.

About the Greater Niagara Frontier Council
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America has encouraged hundreds of thousands of youth to develop leadership, citizenship, character, and personal fitness and to live the Scout Oath and Scout Law since 1910. Today, our council serves over 8,500 Scouts and adult leaders throughout Erie County and the Western third of Niagara County. In 2018, our Scouts gave 28,417 service hours to local communities, the equivalent of three Scouts working all day, every day of the year. Contact john.rutigliano@scouting.org or 716-512-6209 or visit www.wnyscouting.org for additional information.