Glow Community Center Volunteers Learn Life Saving Skills
Holidays are times to get together and have fun, and that’s what we’re doing here at the Glow Community Center as 15 volunteers got together to learn Hands-On CPR instructed by our friends over at the FDNY. Volunteers had a great idea to build life skills including life-saving skills such as CPR so that they can feel confident in the event of a crisis. (sign up to volunteer!)
With heart disease on the rise, CPR can help save lives. And the truth is anyone can learn CPR and everyone should. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans feel helpless in the event of a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to effectively administer CPR or their training is no longer with them. Brain cells die between six to eight minutes after the heart stops beating so CPR can effectively keep blood flowing and provide the oxygen the brain and other vital organs need. If CPR is given within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival can be doubled or even tripled with assistance from an AED if used properly.
Volunteers learned the dialogues and the action steps needed to be taken in the case of a cardiac emergency. They were shown presentations and demonstrations by our FDNY instructors and had hands on training to get the practice needed to perform effective CPR. Volunteers stated that after the CPR class, they had felt that their more equipped and have the confidence to transform themselves from the role of bystander to lifesaver, whether that means to assist with CPR or assist with getting the help needed.
For more information on upcoming CPR & AED trainings available to the community, please reach out for more information.