Thanksgiving came early for volunteers treated to a traditional turkey luncheon at BMCC’s Seventh Annual Campus Emergency Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in Richard Harris Terrace.
“Get your food first,” announced VP of Administration & Planning Scott Anderson.
Then, as guests enjoyed their buffet meal, Public Safety Director Ed Moss, Sergeant Jesus Ayala, Sergeant Benoit Couamin and Lieutenant/Assistant Director of Public Safety Angel Lopez handed out certificates to faculty, staff and students who serve as fire wardens on campus or have earned CPR, AED and First Aid certifications.
VP Anderson delivered opening remarks.
“We’re the only CUNY college that does free CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] and AED [automated external defibrillation] training,” he told the group.
“We want everyone—faculty, staff and students—to be able to respond to emergencies, not just on campus, but in your homes and communities. We all have a grandmother or child who may need our help.”
“Don’t let your certification lapse.”
He also spoke about BMCC’s participation in the CERT—Community Emergency Response Training—program sponsored by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
Recognizing the dedication of BMCC’s volunteers, he noted that the college is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.
“This means volunteers have to cover every area of the college for two shifts a day and more,” he said.
In closing, he thanked the “unsung heroes” on campus who participate in trainings and take on the responsibility of being volunteer fire wardens.
He also stressed that BMCC provides free re-training, for those whose emergency certification is about to expire.
“Don’t let it lapse,” he said.
“We’ll follow up with emails to remind you that you need to get a refresher even after you’ve left BMCC, but you also have to keep track of that expiration date. It’s a lot easier to take a 2-hour refresher course than a 3-day training.”
One table at the luncheon was filled with students who had earned certifications in CPR, AED and First Aid.
These included liberal arts majors Sean Persaud and Varsha Jagjit; community health education major Nyasha Carmichael; business administration major Giulia Finetto; science major Kimberly Santiago-Negron; criminal justice major Symone Darby; math major Ivana Stanisavljevic and multimedia programming major Isabelle Garcia.
“I joined the emergency training to become more hands-on and actually assist in times of need, rather than running away,” said Symone Darby, and Nyesha Carmichael shared that, “As a health major I want to be more aware of my surroundings and with this program I am able to help in certain situations.”
“I’m so glad BMCC is giving me the opportunity to learn the basics of first aid,” said Isabelle Garcia. “Now I feel ready to respond to emergencies. Thanks, BMCC!”
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on how to participate in free emergency response trainings at BMCC, contact Director of Public Safety Ed Moss at (212) 220-8076.