Furthering our partnership with the ACT Foundation, Iridia recently helped to bring CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School in Kitimat. In total, seven teachers across the two schools attended the teacher-training workshop which was held in Terrace on 25 June, 2013.
The workshop was delivered by BCAS’ paramedic, Gil Kurtz, who was supported by the Deputy Chief of the Kitimat Fire Department, Pete Bizarro. Both gentleman generously volunteered their time to teach the workshop. Iridia’s support comprised the donation of equipment – including AED training units and AEDs – along with the provision of funding for the AED mannequins and program resources.
As a result of this teacher-training, approximately 350 students will be trained annually by their teachers to use these life-saving skills. Janine Dethlefs from Iridia was also in attendance to speak to the teachers about the work that Iridia does and the importance of having as many people as possible trained in CPR and AED use.
Not that this importance isn’t already understood by the teachers and students at Caledonia Senior Secondary School. A few years ago, a life was saved by a student from Caledonia when a gentleman in Walmart suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. With no other adult close by who was able to respond, the student acted quickly, engaging his CPR skills and knowledge. Fortunately, the outcome was a happy one and shows that these skills, once learned, can be invaluable.
This is just one example of how sudden cardiac arrest can occur anywhere, at any time. With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.
Check out the following link for more information about the ACT Foundation.