Autrey Mill Middle School eighth-grader and Glastonberry resident Victoria Verch plans to earn money this summer baby sitting to help support her competition precision water ski membership on the Aqua Devils team in Three Lakes, Wis.
And while she's well-versed in emergency protocol having just taken a series of introductory CPR classes at school, an official certification this past Saturday should all but double her stock to parents looking for piece of mind from a caring and capable protector.
Verch was among 41 Johns Creek residents certified in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique (CPR) in several classes scheduled throughout the day and led by the Johns Creek Fire Department.
The American Heart Association-sponsored class is free and open to residents age 12 and up.
The event was held at Park Place At Newtown School, the city's active adult center housed inside a fully-refurbished elementary schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.
Course instruction was led by JCFD Lt. Thomas Johnson, Training Officer/EMS Coordinator.
The American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Programs deliver a dynamic message of hope — the hope of saving lives, according to the agency's website, www.heart.org.
New treatments have improved the possibility of survival from cardiovascular emergencies, cardiac arrest and stroke. These new treatments offer the hope of improved quality of life for people who suffer these events. Increasing public awareness of the importance of early intervention and ensuring greater public access to defibrillation will save many lives. ECC programs train more than 12 million people every year by educating healthcare providers, caregivers and the general public on how to respond to these emergencies, AHA concludes.
Particpants were shown an instructional video and were given various distress scenarios to practice on individual rubber skinned CPR dummies - including the recommended 30:2 compression to breath ratio adminstered in five sets; or 100 compressions per minute.
They were also given intstruction on proper usage of Automated External Defibrilators, or AEDs.
This is the fifth year JCFD has offered the course.
Upcoming class dates are May 11, Aug. 10 and Nov. 9, Lt. Johnson said. Advanced reservations are required and sessions fill quickly.
Information for class locations and registration will be posted www.johnscreekga.gov.
In addtion to the CPR classes, JCFD is also accepting applications for its second Johns Creek Citizens Fire Academy.
The eight-week course allows ordinary people extaordinary access to front-line fire operations technique and equipment operation.
Last year's inaugrual class took cadets though a series of detailed classroom instruction sessions at Shakerag Station 62 off Rogers Bridge Road to an actual live controlled burn training excercise where cadets donned the same bulky fire suits, breathing appratus and heavy rubber boots of their hometown heroes to witness first-hand the effects of live fire in an enclosed environment.