School District 91 will be a safer place to be thanks to high school students.
Thanks to funding through the Advanced Cardio Treatment (ACT) Foundation, all four public high schools in School District 91 have received training and equipment in both cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
ACT approached school districts in the province in 2010 proposing to provide training for teachers to become instructors for the CPR course and the training mannequins.
Darren Carpenter, the School District 91 Career and Trades Program Coordinator, said this school district was on board and approached teachers in the district, who were also in favour of the program.
Carpenter said School District 91 “bought into it lock stock and barrel.”
So ACT brought a trainer to the district to train teachers as professional development training and provided the district with 120 training mannequins.
Then last year, Carpenter said ACT again approached the district about providing the AED training to use the device.
Specialized mannequins were then provided to the high schools for the additional level of training.
They’re doubly trained in the art of CPR,” said Carpenter.
Last year, 44 Grade 10 students at Fort St. James Secondary School were put through training and became certified in CPR and the use of the AED.
This not only makes them capable of dealing with an emergency but also gives them a step up when seeking future employment.
There’s “always a need for students to put something on their resume,” said Carpenter. “It’s one of those skills you hope you never have to use but at the end of the day, it’s pretty relevant.”
Now, in the final piece to the puzzle of the great asset the ACT Foundation is providing the school district, a new AED machine was delivered and installed at FSJSS recently.
Now Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Vanderhoof and Burns Lake high schools will have the devices on site and there will be trained people on site.
“If there is a need for them they are accessible,” said Carpenter. “We’re pretty excited about it.”
Installed, each of the AED devices costs an estimated $2,500.