Fire, Rescue and EMS Department offers CPR courses

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Nancy Hilton demonstrates CPR procedures for certification. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Nancy Hilton demonstrates CPR procedures for certification. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Manchester Fire, Rescue and EMS Department sponsored a CPR/AED training program at the Manchester Fire Department on Sept. 7, offering certification for adult and child CPR.

Instructor Paul Giguere teaches CPR and AED classes throughout the year at various locations. “It is not enough to know CPR,” said Giguere. “We should also be knowledgeable in AED as well.” CPR stands for “cardio-pulmonary resuscitation” and AED is the acronym for “automatic external defibrillation.” “Many businesses and other organizations should have an AED device,” Giguere said. “Restaurants, schools, sports arenas and really any other place that people gather should have this device. If the heart is fibrillating, that means it is fluttering and not pumping blood. The heart needs to be shocked into stopping the spasms and restart its regular beats. If this is the case, CPR will not help. This device could save many lives and people should know how to use it properly.”

“I wanted to come and learn CPR to be prepared if anything should happen at my school,” said Kristen Millett, a teacher at Center Nursery School in Manchester.

Roger Chandler came from New Britain to take part in this class. “I want to know that if something were to happen to someone, I could do something about it, not just sit there and not know what to do,” said Chandler. “I would like to be prepared to save someone’s life, if I were in that situation. You never know what is going to happen.”

Diana Longchamps is a registered nurse who needed to take this course to renew her CPR certification for work. “This is a great class for anyone,” said Longchamps. “I needed it for my recertification, but truly everyone should know this. If you were the caregiver for someone, and their heart stopped, you would want to be sure you knew what to do. This class gives you that security of knowing you’re prepared for anything.”

Each student needed to properly simulate a life-saving event on a dummy in order to earn their certification.

To learn more about future CPR/AED classes, call Paul Giguere at 860-432-0076.

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