This is a great story. I wish that more high schools throughout Texas would do this.
This story explained that by the end of this school year, it is estimated that more than 300 students in the Snohomish School District in Washington State will be certified in CPR and first-aid skills.
While this is the first year the training has been provided for free to students through the schools, this training has been a success. Subsequently, the fire district agreed to fund the program because of the value brought to the community by those with basic lifesaving skills.
As the CPR trainers worked with the kids the trainers reiterated that "It can often take more than five minutes for help to arrive after calling 911". They further explained to the students that "CPR in those moments" otherwise known a “bystander CPR” is often a major factor in the rates of survival.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.