Around 400 Southold students were given hands-on training in CPR this week by members of the Southold Fire Department.
All students grades seven through 12 learned how to do chest compressions using mannequins as part of a state mandate for hands-on resuscitation training.
Southold Fire Department established an American Heart Association Training Center at its department in January 2014. The training center was meant to help local schools meet a state mandate that went into effect last year, which requires that students get trained in hands-on resuscitation.
Southold Fire Department’s training center provides instructors and CPR training to other fire departments, emergency medical service providers and lifeguards on the East End. Last month, fire department volunteers completed CPR training at Greenport High School, educating around 350 students in the life-saving technique.
Southold Fire Department member Chris Manfredi recently earned several $1,000 grants from the Allstate Foundation for North Fork high schools, including Southold, for his volunteer work in the community. Manfredi volunteers to train students in CPR and also volunteers with the school’s drivers education departments, teaching students safe driving.
Photos courtesy of Chris Manfredi, Southold Fire Department.