Brink Constructors Safety Manager Scott Flockhart will hold a series of free CPR classes at the Milbank Visitor Center from 6-8 p.m. on November 7, 14, 21 or 28. Participants who complete the class will receive their CPR certification. Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Flockhart temporarily relocated to this area to manage on-site contractor safety responsibilities for the Big Stone South to Ellendale Transmission Line project. His daily responsibilities include ensuring the company meets state and federal safety policies, and he assists with daily crane and forklift inspections. Flockhart is a certified EMT and American Heart Association CPR instructor with eight years of experience. Space is limited and registration is required, please call the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-432-6656 to sign up.
The full story can be found in the October 18th, 2017 edition of the Grant County Review or read in full below:
Free CPR Certification Classes are Offered to Local Residents
Area residents have the unique opportunity to become certified in CRP and AED use at no cost. Scott Flockhart, the safety professional with Brink Constructors, Inc., and EMT, is teaching the classes as a free service to the community.
Flockhart has lived in Milbank for one year as Brink's employyes work on the Big Stone to Ellendale electrical transmission line and anticipates living here for an additional year. His responsibilities include ensuring that all copmany, state and federal safety policies and standards are met. He also assists with daily crane and forklift inspections.
Flockhart's previous work experience as an EMT allows him to carry a medical bag while on the job. "Because of the remoteness of this project, they wanted somebody with a medical background - I can do the safety side of it and the EMT side of it," Flockhart said.
As an American Heart Association certified instructor for eight years, Flockhart has experiecne teaching EMT classes and serves as an instructor coordinator for the state through emergency management systems. "It's just something that I really enjoy," Flockhart noted.
Since Flockhart has been in the Milbank area, he has arrived at two accident scenes where his skills were put to use, and had two incidences in which he performed the Heimlich Maneuver. "It because more and more apparent that there's a need for the classes here," he said.
The free classes are staged at the community room in Milbank Visitor Center from 6 to 8 o.m. Upcoming dates are October 24 or 30, and November 7, 14, 21, or 28. Participants need only attend a single session to complete the CPR certification.
Flockhart uses the American Heart Association's Heart Saver CRP and AED Training curriculum. "The classes are desinged for those over age 18 and not recommended for under 16," Flockhart said.
"The classes include infant, child and adult CPR and AED use, as well as infant, child and adult choking," Flockhart said. He indicated that it is an appropriate class both for those who have never been certified and for those who want a refresher course. Flockhart has a goal of reaching 1,000 people through the free classes in the next few weeks. Although the class is free, there are student workbooks and instructional cards are available for sale. It is not required that those be purchased, but if participants do purchase, the funds will be donated back to charity in the Milbank community, Flockhart siad.
Additionally, Flockhart is open to conduct higher level training classes for health care professional recertification if he is approached about it.
Space in each class is limited and registration is required. To sign up, call the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-432-6656.
- Holli Seehafer