Students learn life- saving methods

May 15, 2018

Ambulance Victoria educator Scott Angove gives Sacred Heart Primary School students Ruby Harman, 8, Erin MacKenzie, 8, Sidney Nihill, 7, and Samuel Reid, 8, a look inside an ambulance.

Sacred Heart Primary School students Samuel Reid, Sidney Nihill, Ambulance Victoria educator Scott Angove, Erin MacKenzie and Ruby Harman make sure everyone remembers 000’s phone number.

A new generation of paramedics has been created at Tatura’s Sacred Heart Primary School, with Ambulance Victoria teaching years 2 and 3 students a series of life-saving techniques.

Run as part of the Heart Safe Community program, students were taught the importance of providing early CPR and using automated external defibrillators as well as how to react when someone is found unconscious.

From remembering to stop, think and stay safe to remembering to shout and squeeze a patient to determine their conciousness and dialling 000, the pilot program armed students with invaluable skills.

Students practised how to recognise if a patient is unconscious and to check if they are breathing by looking, listening and feeling, and practised putting a person in the recovery position ensuring their airway was open.

While the ambulance’s lights and sirens were a big drawcard for the young students, Ambulance Victoria educator Scott Angove said the students took on the information well and were ‘‘definitely triple zero heroes’’.

Ambulance Victoria will be working with the other grades during the coming weeks with plans to run an evening when students can pass the skills onto their parents.

Sacred Heart Primary School principal Pauline Hindson said the program had been a wonderful learning opportunity for the young students and a great way to involve the community.

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