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BAFD offers free CPR and First Aid training to teens

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Nov 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-17 19:00:01-05

Teenagers in Broken Arrow got the chance to learn CPR and first aid for free.

The Broken Arrow Fire Department started an initiative to help prepare teenagers for emergency situations.

Albert Isaacson, parent of a teenager taking the course, tells us "I want to equip her with the knowledge and the skills and the ability to help people in the event of any kind of emergency.”

Leah Mccance is one of the many teens who learned a few emergency skills at the event, she says she can now perform CPR, stop excessive bleeding, make splints, and more.

She tells us, "this class is really fun because I feel like you get to have a lot of hands on experience. And you also get to learn how to help people.”

Another emergency class participant, Kadence Parker, tells us "this class was actually really helpful. I have two younger siblings, 10 and and 2. This is really helping me if something were to happen.”

Tony McGrill with the Broken Arrow Fire Department says that over eighty percent of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the private residence.

“The goal is to have the kids trained for if they want to be baby sitters, or if they are watching little brothers or sisters", Mcgrill says, "they know how to react if something bad happens.”

The Broken Arrow Fire Department hopes to have more of these classes in the future.

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