CCC and Southwire Forge Partnership to Train Emergency Responders
May 17, 2012
Pictured (from left to right) are participating Southwire Employees: Wayde Klingsick, Bruce Hargis, William Cowan, Charles Woody, Haley Walters, Damon Rooks, Terry Atkinson, Harley Foreman, and Jeff Roark.
Coffeyville Community College and Southwire Company are working together to train First Responders for community and plant safety. Nine Southwire employees enrolled in a Certified First Responder course offered by Coffeyville Community College in an effort to have trained emergency personnel available within the Southwire facility.
By definition, a certified first responder is a person who has completed training and received certification in providing pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. First responder courses cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator usage, spinal and bone fracture immobilization, oxygen and, in some cases, emergency childbirth as well as advanced first aid.
“From a Corporate viewpoint, Southwire believes training First Responders is the responsible thing to do for both our company and our community,” said Roy Jackson, Southwire Supply Chain Manager. “First Responders are then able to respond in an emergency situation whether that be at the baseball field or here at the plant.”
Southwire Company is North America’s leading manufacturer of wire and cable used in the distribution and transmission of electricity. Throughout its history, their company has sought to deliver power through their products, service and by helping empower their customers, employees and communities.
“The right response during those critical moments by someone who is trained can keep a bad situation from getting worse. We hope that by offering our employees the opportunity to rehearse and prepare that they can respond effectively if the need should ever arise,” said Corky Whipple, Coffeyville Plant Manager.
When working directly with a company like Southwire, Coffeyville Community College is able to customize the training so that it works for the business and its employees. "Classes can be customized so that specific skills identified by the company are taught at a time convenient for both the employees and the business," said Marlon Thornburg, Vice President for Innovation and Business Initiatives at CCC. Training can be provided at the College or at the company's site if adequate training space is available.
With the recent expansion of the Emergency Services Education program, CCC is excited to be able to offer these services and other training to local businesses and industries. If you are interested in establishing customized training for your business, contact Marlon Thornburg at the CCC Technical Campus at 620.252.7550.