DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – On Thursday, Decatur Fire & Rescue rolled out its new Lend-A-Hand CPR program. Firefighters and paramedics held hands-on training for students in grades 7-12 at the Decatur Heritage Christian Academy.
The Lend-A-Hand program focuses on teaching CPR with the hands only. This style does not require mouth to mouth and focuses on compressions.
“A lot of times people say they don’t do CPR because they don’t know how to do it,” Deputy Fire Marshal Lt. Brandon Sivley said. “So now we’ve equipped these kids with this tool that they can use from now on,” he continued.
News 19 saw Lt. Sivley demonstrate the technique to a student.
He said the first step is to call 911. After that he said, “Find the center of the chest, interlace your fingers, lock our elbows, and we’ll compress two inches deep, and you’ll hear a click. He then watched as the student compressed to the correct depth. He continued, “We want to do this between 100 and 120 times in a minute.”
Part of the training involved showing students a video of a scenario where one student went into cardiac arrest, while other students passed by without noticing. Lt. Sivley said it was to emphasize how important it is for students to pay attention to their surroundings.
He said that by teaching students the hands-only technique, they can be better prepared if they find themselves in this scenario.
During the training, several stations were set up around the cafeteria, allowing more than 170 students to perform the movements on the CPR mannequins.
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