On Friday, Jan. 15, our team stopped work at noon and began a different kind of service. Our newly renovated sales office became a classroom.
Thanks to Wiscasset EMS and Service Chief Erin Bean's efforts, the entire Atlantic Motorcar team was trained and became certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Heart Defibrillator (AED). CPR is an emergency procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or even triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
Bean graciously provided the videos, the realistic training mannequins, hands on training, guidance and coaching on these life-saving skill sets. With four CPR stations, each equipped with a training mannequin, each member of the team trained in theory and had a great opportunity to practice and then demonstrate their skills. Each was committed to earning certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) and mastering the skills.
The campus is equipped with a state of the art Defibtech Video AED, airway management, and hemostatic control devices.
According to the AHA, every year, 475,000 people die from cardiac arrest in the U.S.
We at Atlantic Motorcar sincerely and most earnestly thank Chief Bean and the entire Wiscasset EMS agency for their time, training materials and willingness to help us help others.