All ages come out for training
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.
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.