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Project C.O.P.E.

(Community Outreach and Public Education)

Bensalem has a large infrastructure that includes a large senior high school, 3 public middle schools, 6 public elementary schools, and several other private schools.  Bensalem has an 80+ man police department and 6 volunteer fire companies.  Bensalem EMS is the only ambulance service in the township.

It is easy to see that Bensalem Township is a very busy community and is still growing.  Currently, all EMS efforts have been focused on operations.  Bensalem EMS answers nearly 5,000 calls per year.  The Squad is equipped with 5 ALS Units. Bensalem EMS has also helped to establish 2 first responder engine companies and 4 AED police units in recent years.

Now is the time for Bensalem EMS to once again take a step toward the future, through public education and aggressive prevention programs.  Other programs are geared to begin providing help prior to EMS arrival, such as by-stander CPR training and AED programs.  This program lays the groundwork for the future of EMS, and will impact not only Bensalem Township but the entire Bucks County region.

Studies across our Nation have shown communities with strong public outreach and education programs, have dramatically reduced the rate of morbidity and mortality for victims of sudden illness and injury.  This is made possible through the public having the ability to intervene in the event of an emergency and bridging the gap until EMS personnel arrive on scene.

Prior to C.O.P.E., Bensalem Township had no organized effort to promote education about emergencies and the EMS system to the public.  Bensalem EMS intends to promote an aggressive program to educate the public, and to promote the use of AED’s in the community and the workplace.  While the Squad is willing to devote itself fully to this project, our resources are limited.  Much of Project C.O.P.E.’s funding must be raised through the public and private sectors.


The American Heart Association developed the “Chain of Survival”  to promote early access, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early ALS care.  A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.  The C.O.P.E. symbol takes a look inside the chain to see what makes up the links. Inside the links, one finds community members holding hands to demonstrate unity and strength.  Each member of the community is represented in a meaningful color.

The color of blood and the heart represents the emergency worker. The emergency worker must put forth the effort to share his or her knowledge with others.

The color of wealth represents industry and commerce.  These sectors of our community must join in the chain by helping to fund community programs, and taking time out of their own efforts to be trained in health and safety issues.

The color of royalty represents government.  Public officials have to work with Project C.O.P.E. to help find funding and ensure that current health and safety regulations are reviewed and improved if needed.

An earth color represents the lay people of our community.  Their education is crucial to their involvement in Project C.O.P.E.  Our community members are needed to be first responders and to initiate the EMS system.

CPR & First Aid Training

Bensalem EMS can provide CPR & First Aid Training to you, your family, or your company.  Our instructors are certified from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council.  We provide these courses either at the Rescue Squad in our training classroom or at your worksite. Whether helping your business meet OSHA standards and guidelines, or training you to provide emergency care to a family member, our instructors will be able to meet your training needs.

It is a known fact that irreversible brain damage occurs after the first 4 to 6 minutes after a cardiac arrest.  Through CPR training, you will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, access the 911 system, and begin CPR, which will bridge the gap until Emergency Medical Services arrive on the scene.  In addition, Obstructive Airway procedures for choking (also known as the Heimlich Maneuver) will be instructed.  Each of these skills will be taught for an adult, child, and infant.

First Aid training will provide you with the skills to control bleeding, splint fractures, prevent shock, and will present information on what to do in a variety of different emergency situations.

Learning these important life-saving skills will be a benefit to you, your family or your company, since being first on the scene and rendering help, may make a vital difference in a sick or injured person’s survival and recovery.

*Additional Benefits For Our Business/Industry Community Partners

Bensalem EMS can tailor any of these trainings to meet your specific time, day, & space needs. We will also make recommendations for emergency supplies to keep on hand.

If you are a healthcare industry, OSHA may require you to have your employees trained on the Bloodbourne Pathogens Mandate.  We can also provide that training for your employees.

Specific training programs may possibly lower your insurance premiums (contact your insurance carrier for possible credits and discounts).

A training certificate for display will be provided to your company after training is complete.

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* Minimum of 6 person charge for off site classes

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American Heart Association’s

This FREE program is specifically designed to educate young children, in both small and large groups, on performing the correct skills for helping a person who is choking.  A certificate is presented upon completion.  This program is great for scouts, day camps, or at schools during health awareness events.

Bensalem Also Offers

CPR Recertification Classes

TECC/TCCC Training

*First Aid Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

NSC Home Safe Program

Bloodbourne Pathogens Training Program For Industry

Industrial Safety

Public Awareness & Preparedness for Terrorism

Haz-Mat R&I for Industry

Fire Extinguishers For Industry & Community

(Please call for detailed information and fees.)