STAMFORD, CT - Over 100 children took a break from homework and activities to learn how and when to call 911 and to practice Hands-Only CPR, thanks to a visit by Stamford EMS at the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.
On December 12 at the Mary C. Rich Clubhouse, fourth and fifth-grade children learned what to do in case they ever find themselves facing an emergency. Members of Stamford EMS explained details about making a 911 call and then taught the children how to administer Hands-Only CPR on manikins.
“It’s two steps,” explained Jessica Anderson, Stamford EMS Lieutenant and Academy Training Coordinator. “First you call for help, then you start compressions, and you don’t stop until help arrives.”
The children took turns participating in the hands-on learning exercise. Afterward, they stepped outside to enjoy a guided tour of two Stamford EMS ambulances.
“This is a valuable lesson for these kids, you never know when you can save a life,” said Michael Cotela, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. “This is a good age group to get them thinking about safety.”
The event was part of the Stamford EMS Safety Step-Up initiative. The Safety Step-Up initiative includes a series of safety events, community partnerships, and safety tips throughout the year to keep ourselves, our neighbors and our families safe.
Classes to learn CPR, first aid, and how to use an automated external defibrillator are offered regularly by Stamford EMS. To learn more about taking a class, please visit www.StamfordEMS.org or call (203) 968-1118.