Dallas County Public Safety Agencies Work With Dallas Center Boy Scouts
Various Dallas County public safety agencies recently worked with Dallas Center Boy Scout Troop 116 to help the troop obtain their first aid and emergency preparedness badges, while providing valuable training to their own. services.
The event included a tour of the Dallas County Emergency Operations Center where Emergency Management Director AJ Seely discussed principles of emergency preparedness and visited the EOC; spend time at the Minburn Fire Station to learn and practice first aid techniques; and the holding of an indoor camp at Minburn Methodist Church where the troop worked to qualify for their merit badges.
Organizers used the event to introduce Scouts to career and volunteer opportunities in emergency management and public safety.
The weekend ended with a simulated wilderness rescue exercise in the Voas Natural Area, where the boys encountered a victim who had fallen from a tree into a ravine, forcing scouts to put their skills into action. 911 was called, providing a response from Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputies. Minburn Fire and Rescue and Dallas County Emergency Medical Services used the exercise as a training opportunity for dispatchers and first responders.
The event ended with a debriefing at the Minburn Fire Station where all agencies involved, including the Boy Scouts, discussed what went well, what they learned and what could be improved in the future for the benefit of all participants.