7th graders at Diablo Vista Middle School got a life-changing lesson during Tuesday's physical education class. Instead of suiting up to play soccer or do push-ups, the youngsters were all given a course in how to provide Cardio-Pulmonary Rescusitatation (CPR) in the event of a heart attack or emergency. As part of the San Ramon Valley Heartsafe Community Committee, the Town of Danville partnered with the City of San Ramon, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, the San Ramon Unified School District and others to provide training in not only how to perform CPR, but also how to use an Automated External Defibrrilator (AED).
Part of the training for the youngsters was the admonition to get involved. Instructors explained that if an adult were to fall to the ground and become non-responsive that they should step in and try to help. The students were shown where to put their hands on a victim's chest and how fast to do compressions to keep a victim alive.
The lessons were a part of a new pilot program that both the SRVFPD and SRVUSD want to expand to all 7th graders in the San Ramon Valley next year.
"This is a great way to increase the number of people who can help out in an emergency," said Town of Danville Emergency Services Manager Greg Gilbert, "we just increased the odds of someone being able to help by 266 enthusiastic young people."
To see some other pictures from the event, click on the thumbnails below.
For more information on the Heartsafe Community Committee or the School CPR instruction program, contact Emergency Services Manager Greg Gilbert at (925) 314-3368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.