AEDs gifted to help teach GR freshmen first aid

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education is expected to approve a donation of 10 automated defibrillators Monday night for Ottawa Hills High School’s CPR and AED pilot program.

The program will train 9th-grade students to become Students United Prepared Emergency Responders (SUPER) and will certify them in CPR and AED use as part of the American Heart Association’s HeartSaver program.

Amway is donating the AEDs for the program.

The program will expose students to:

  • Public emergency responders in the community
  • American Medical Response paramedics
  • Grand Rapids Police Department officers
  • Grand Rapids Fire Department fighters
  • GRPS school nurses
  • Community health care workers

“Having more staff & students that are trained in CPR & AED in the district leads to a safer learning environment and community,” Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal said in a statement on Monday.

GRPS already trains more than 500 staff members each year in CPR and AED procedures to follow the district’s Medical Emergency Response Team policy.

The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the GRPS Franklin Campus Auditorium.

Canberra First Aid would love to be in a position to donate AED’s we have sold some and hope to sell more in the future as they are an extremely valuable purchase for any business. In the meantime we need to have more first aid courses in Canberra and train as many people as possible. We look forward to seeing you in a first aid course in Canberra sometime soon.

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