Fire department presents CPR/AED class at the CCA
Last Thursday, the Captiva Civic Association hosted the Captiva Island Fire Control District for a special CPA/AED certification class.
Members of the community, who paid $20 for course materials and a certification card, learned the basics of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and how to properly use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
Fire fighters Bart Lally and Shawn Kilgore taught the class and walked attendees through all the necessary steps to performing CPR, including securing the scene and asking bystanders to call 911 and get an AED, and the differences between performing CPR on adults and children.
Attendees also watched an educational video and listened to the various tips that Lally and Kilgore had to offer – especially when it came to the AED, a machine designed to send approximately 200 jules of electricity through the victim to revive them.
“When they talk about standing clear before you press ‘shock,’ you need to make sure that you and everyone else is clear, because the victim’s hand may end up touching your thigh or a family member might rush up and grab ahold of them. You need to get in the habit of saying, ‘I’m clear, you’re clear, we’re all clear,'” Kilgore advised, noting that if a person operating the AED accidentally touches the victim as they are being shocked, the operator will also receive the shock. Though, because this was only a practice session, the AED in use during the class was not actually administering a shock.
Ann Bradley, branch manager for the Captiva Memorial Library was one of the guests that attended the informative session.
“I’m attending the class because at the library, we have a great many people coming in and we do have an AED at the library. I want to be prepared,” Bradley said. “I really appreciate that the Captiva Fire District has come out to give us this training and I hope that in the future, more people will take advantage of it. It’s nothing to be afraid of – you might be able to save a family member or a friend.”