The third annual event included ambulance tours, demonstrations and free barbecue. The celebration concluded National EMS Week, which began with a blood drive.
“This is a way for us to bring awareness to what we do for the community and have people get hands-on experience with our ambulances,” said outreach coordinator Felix Cabrera.
This year, FHVAC promoted the Stop the Bleed initiative. Originally launched in October 2015, the national awareness campaign trains people to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
“Bleeding out is now the second-leading cause of death, right after cardiac arrest,” Cabrera said, adding that knowledge on how to stop bleeding is important in a time of school shootings and terrorist attacks. “Everyone should know CPR, but in a situation where a person is bleeding, they can die within two to three minutes.
“Even if you can’t stop the bleeding, you can control it until help arrives and you can save a life,” Cabrera added.
FHVAC also invited community organizations to participate. This year’s organizations included Forest Hills Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Forest Hills Asian Association.
Edwin Wong, president of the Forest Hills Asian Association, noted the importance of recognizing FHVAC for their work around the neighborhoods of Forest Hills and Rego Park.
“It’s invaluable what they do. They’re a volunteer organization so more people should learn about them and volunteer with them or donate,” Wong said. “It’s important for us to support the organization, and we want to make sure we help them increase awareness.”