VIDEO: Sentinel Goes to Work: GEMS in the Classroom

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For the third installment of our Sentinel Goes to Work series,we’re learning a little bit about CPR. You’ve seen how GEMS responds to call on the road and today, I’m hanging out with GEMS in the classroom for a lesson in life saving skills.

Over 2000 students in Greenwich are learning CPR and first aid skills in the classroom. Skills they will be able to put to use in case they were ever faced with an emergency in the community.
“The way I look at it is the more folks get trained, it makes my job that much easier when I am on the ambulance as a paramedic going to a call,” said Robert Camp. “To know that something is being done verse walking in and seeing nothing being done.”
Robert Camp is the GEMS Educational Coordinator, tasked with managing community education throughout town, corporate training, as well EMT and First Responder training.
“Sixth, eight, tenth and twelfth graders are required to have CPR as part of their curriculum. What we do with the sixth graders is a class where they do hands-only CPR, eighth grade is where they are able to compress the chest and able to do ventilations and at the end of that they get a card, which is valid for two year,” said Camp.
The students then repeat the classes and learn additional information in the high school in tenth and twelfth grade.
I stopped by Greenwich High School where students were taking their final CPR class.
“The first session is just how to do the compressions. Second session is how to breathe the patient. Their third session is First Aid where they learn to bandage, how to safely remove their gloves, and the last session is testing,” said Camp.
In total, students spend about four hours completing the CPR and First Aid certifications.
Paramedic Sherry Hoffman and EMT Greg Brown administered the written test and a practical demonstration of CPR before students received their CPR certified cards.
Sherry showed me the proper way to call for help, begin compression, breath the patient, and apply the AED pads to deliver a shock to the patient.
I’d like to thank GEMS for all the work they do in our community in and out of the ambulance.
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