Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on November 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM|
Every October, St. Patrick School marks Fire Prevention Month like many other schools in the area. So, over the past few weeks our students have had the opportunity to learn about fire safety as well as what happens in a situation where someone has gone into cardiac arrest. These lessons help prepare the students to do their best to stay safe whether an emergency arises at school or somewhere else.
Many of our teachers discussed fire safety during the first week of October during Fire Prevention Week, but on Friday, November 2, the Portland Fire Department brought a comedian to our school to discuss fire safety in more depth. The comedian expounded upon the lessons that our students had already learned in a thought provoking, entertaining and engaging way. The students enjoyed the performance!
The following Monday, members of the Portland Ambulance Team came to St. Patrick School to run an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) drill. The drill began with members of our teaching staff finding a “student” (it was actually a mannequin) on the floor. Since all members of our parish and school staff are all trained in CPR and AED usage, they immediately tried to save this student by beginning CPR.
Allowing for the time it would take for first responders to arrive on the scene, members of the Portland Ambulance crew entered the gymnasium, relieving the members of the teaching staff and immediately started to work on the “student”. They explained what they would do in the event of an actual situation where someone was in cardiac arrest as they demonstrated on the mannequin.
After members of the Portland EMS crew were able to save the “student,” the real students were reminded to always call 911 in the event of an emergency and to stay out of the way once the ambulance arrives. It was also explained to the students where the AED’s can be found throughout the school, in the church and at the athletic complex.
We never know when and where an emergency will take place, but it is our goal to make sure our students and staff members are as prepared as possible in case an emergency ever occurs.
We truly appreciate the members of the Portland Fire Department and Portland Ambulance who took time out of their busy schedules to visit St. Patrick School and work with our students. We also thank them for their service and all they do for the greater Portland community.