29 Sept 2022

Carlow looking to become first local authority to have all elected members trained in CPR

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Carlow County Council is looking to become the first Elected Chamber in Ireland where all the elected members are trained in CPR. 

At the January 2019 meeting of Carlow County Council it was agreed that County Carlow Community First Responders Co-ordination Committee would organise a HeartSaver training day for elected members, the management team and members of the press corps. 

The HeartSaver CPR AED Course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn CPR and how to use an AED, and would like to receive a course completion card. 

The complete Heartsaver CPR AED Course takes approximately 4 hours to complete and teaches you the basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the relief of choking for adults, children and infants. 

An AED is a computerised defibrillator which analyses the heart rhythm of a person in cardiac arrest and uses voice prompts to advise you if a shock is needed. 

The Heartsaver CPR AED course follows a practice-while-watching video format and is led by local volunteer instructors who will provide feedback and guide you through the lessons and help improve your CPR technique as you practice on a manikin.

At the end of the course members will receive an IHF/AHA Heartsaver CPR AED course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

Cllr Will Paton, who is organising the event, said: "The aim is to make Carlow County Council the first Elected Chamber in Ireland where all the Elected Members are trained in CPR, so I would ask each and everyone one of my colleagues to make a special effort to save the day and participate in the course on Saturday, February 23."

The course will take place in St Mary's Academy, CBS, Station Road, Carlow on Saturday, February 23 from 9pm to 1pm with a short tea break around 11am. 

Members of the press and photographers will be present on the day.

The training will be carried out by newly qualified volunteer CFR Instructors who have undertaken a PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Course) training course with the Irish Heart Foundation.

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