All ages come out for train­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Per­form­ing car­dio-pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion on a per­son is a lot eas­ier and sim­pler than it was just a few years ago; I learnt that dur­ing a CPR train­ing ses­sion at Stanstead’s first Health and Safety Ex­hi­bi­tion which took place last Satur­day at the Pat Burns Arena. Over two hun­dred peo­ple, the fi­nal count has not yet been an­nounced, took the thirty minute train­ing course, called “Hero in 30”, which was an­i­mated with hu­mour and im­pres­sive ef­fec­tive­ness by mem­bers of Am­bu­lance Stanstead, aided by Dr. Wayne Smith who over­sees pre-hos­pi­tal emer­gency ser­vices in the Estrie re­gion.

“The Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion re­al­ized that the older meth­ods of CPR were too com­pli­cated and peo­ple were of­ten afraid to use their train­ing, that they wouldn’t do it right. The new way is quite sim­ple and, even if you don’t do it per­fectly, it’s bet­ter than do­ing noth­ing,” com­mented Am­bu­lance Stanstead para­medic and one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event, Bruno Roy. “I was re­ally happy with the turnout. We had peo­ple of all ages, young kids all the way to older se­niors. As medics, peo­ple are al­ways count­ing on us to give help; now we can count on oth­ers, about two hun­dred more peo­ple around here, to help one of us if we ever need it.”

“It was a great suc­cess, a real in­ter­gen­er­a­tional event. We weren’t sure about hold­ing it in May, but in the end the weather was on our side and it went re­ally well. Peo­ple asked if we would do it again next year,” com­mented Marise Trepanier, the recre­ational co­or­di­na­tor with the town of Stanstead. “Ev­ery­one who took the train­ing will re­ceive their CPR train­ing card by mail. The town will pay for that,” she added.

“I just took the CPR train­ing course. It was great,” said Stanstead mayor Philippe Du­til as he ex­ited the train­ing room.

Not only was the “Hero

Am­bu­lance Stanstead in 30” train­ing pop­u­lar, peo­ple were milling around many of the kiosks pick­ing up ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion to make their lives health­ier and safer. Mem­bers of the Ma­gog Fire Depart­ment had, at their kiosk, some ex­am­ples of com­mon house­hold elec­tric items that had caught on fire, such as an ex­ten­sion cord that was used per­ma­nently on a fridge and a ‘con­struc­tion heater’ that was also used as a per­ma­nent heat source. “Th­ese con­struc­tion heaters are meant to be used only tem­po­rar­ily, when do­ing a job,” ex­plained the fire­fight­ers man­ning the booth. Com­mu­nity Of­fi­cer Sgt. Pa­trice Gre­goire had a busy kiosk where he filled out about thirty child iden­ti­fi­ca­tion book­lets with par­ents through­out the day. Am­bu­lance Stanstead para­medic Mathieu Caron had a lot of vis­i­tors to his kiosk where he demon­strated how to per­form CPR on a baby.

“I’d like to thank all the pop­u­la­tion who came out, the town of Stanstead for sup­port­ing the event, and all the ex­hibitors and vol­un­teers who were there. We’ll be giv­ing out the door prizes to the win­ners on June 3rd, be­fore the monthly town meet­ing,” con­cluded Mr. Roy.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

para­medic Justin Dewey an­i­mates a “Hero in 30” train­ing ses­sion with res­i­dents of all ages at last Satur­day’s Health and Safety Ex­hi­bi­tion, in Stanstead.

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