Cheektowaga Students Learn CPR

October 23, 2012 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM EDT

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Cheektowaga Students Learn CPR

October 23, 2012 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) By the end of the week, there will be 800 more people trained in CPR in Cheektowaga, thanks to training from the American Heart Association.

“This is about public safety,” said Brian Gould, president of the Cheektowaga Central Board of Education. “Our students and community are capable of learning the skills to help a cardiac arrest victim and we are happy to facilitate the training.”

The entire student body at Cheektowaga High School and Pine Hill Education Center is learning "Hands-Only" CPR in 30-minute classes. The school-wide training is part of a push by the American Heart Association to make CPR training mandatory for all high school students before graduation.

Rural Metro donated their CPR mannequins and AED equipment for the week.

“Hands-Only CPR can be taught in 30 minutes or less, so it fits easily into a school day,” said Chuck Koeppel, Paramedic, Education Coordinator for Rural Metro, and member of the American Heart Association’s Buffalo Niagara Advisory Board. “High school students are certainly capable of learning the psychomotor skills of CPR that could double or triple a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Since 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest every year, the need to know CPR is crucial.”

Along with training for students, the schools' physical education teachers are also learning how to teach CPR on their own, in order to add it to their regular curriculum.