Stu­dents em­pow­ered through CPR train­ing

St. Peter Sec­ondary School teens learn to per­form life-sav­ing skills with AED


High school stu­dent De­laney Han­cock feels em­pow­ered by her CPR train­ing.

Han­cock, 14, said it was easy to learn CPR and how to use an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal defibrilla­tor (AED).

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant and you can make a dif­fer­ence in some­body’s life,” said the Grade 9 stu­dent at St. Peter Sec­ondary School.

Han­cock was part of the launch of the Ad­vanced Coro­nary Treat­ment (ACT) Foun­da­tion’s High School CPR and Defibrilla­tor Train­ing Pro­gram at her school Fri­day.

The pro­gram was de­signed for high schools and is part of the cur­ricu­lum. Teach­ers are trained as in­struc­tors through ACT to teach stu­dents and the foun­da­tion donates man­nequins and AED train­ing units to schools. The ini­tia­tive will be es­tab­lished at 18 area high schools and 4,000 stu­dents will be trained each year.

Han­cock and her class­mates prac­tised their CPR and AED train­ing skills dur­ing the launch to high­light the emer­gency re­sponse train­ing and safety scene man­age­ment they learned in class.

“I think it’s re­ally em­pow­er­ing to be able to have the skills to per­form CPR,” Han­cock said.

She said she feels con­fi­dent in her train­ing, but said she rec­og­nizes there could be some chal­lenges.

“Stay­ing calm in the mo­ment would prob­a­bly be pretty hard.”

Class­mate Sa­vanna Rod­ney also found the train­ing easy, es­pe­cially since the AED guides the user through the process.

Rod­ney, 14, said she wanted to learn CPR so she’s pre­pared for an emer­gency.

A tragedy “can hap­pen at any time. … So to have th­ese skills is good for the real world,” she said.

Ju­lia Hicks said it would be scary to have to try to save some­one’s life, but she be­lieves CPR and AED train­ing are some­thing ev­ery­one should learn.

“Then you can be knowl­edge­able, and you could save some­one’s life.”

Jen­nifer Ed­wards, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor with the ACT foun­da­tion, said the pro­gram gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn the life-sav­ing skills be­fore they grad­u­ate high school, at no cost.

And the more stu­dents who are trained, the bet­ter, she said.

“We have count­less lives saved thanks to the pro­gram,” Ed­wards said.

Stu­dent Katie Hat­ton said be­ing in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion would be stress­ful, but CPR and AED train­ing is an im­por­tant skill to have.

“If any­thing were to hap­pen to any­body and no one around could help, you could save a life.”

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