VERDE VALLEY - Cottonwood Fire and Verde Valley Fire personnel joined together Monday to give CPR training to nearly 550 students at Cottonwood Middle School. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students got the instruction, which included both classroom and hands-on training in the newer "Chest-Compression-Only" CPR. This training follows guidelines established by Save Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education (S.H.A.R.E.) program.
In addition, the students were taught use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator). The Middle School has a number of these life-saving devices strategically placed on campus. An AED can provide a lifesaving "shock" to a person experiencing "cardiac fibrillation," a heart problem commonly seen in cardiac arrest.
This training provides students with the basic skills needed to provide lifesaving CPR to those having cardiac arrest, whether it be a family member, student or community member.
Contact the Cottonwood Fire Department at 928-634-2741.