The American Red Cross has a long history of preparing communities by teaching lifesaving skills. For over a century, the Red Cross has offered courses in CPR/AED, aquatics, pet first aid, and babysitting training both in person and online. These courses have helped saved thousands of lives over the years.
In South Dakota at Rapid City Stevens High School, Red Cross volunteer, Dave Ramberg, spent time preparing the next generation, instructing over 230 students in hands-only CPR. This skill can make a difference if they are in an emergency situation.
“I think it is fun talking and listening to the students,” Ramberg said. “Someday they may become Red Cross volunteers.”
More than 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home or similar private settings. Therefore, getting trained and acquainted with the basics of CPR and learning how to perform CPR will aid in increasing the survival rate and save people’s life to a great level.
“Teaching ‘hands only CPR’ to these high school students is fulfilling to me,” Ramberg added. “It could be saving a life in the future, possibly my own or the life of someone close to me.”