The first school in Cork to train all its staff and pupils in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) received a Special Recognition Award from the Irish Heart Foundation.
St Vincent’s Secondary School is the fourth school in the country to receive such an award.
Through its CPR 4 Schools programme, supported by Bank of Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation is creating a generation of lifesavers - post-primary students around the country who are equipped and trained to perform CPR and use an AED in cardiac emergencies and respond when someone is choking.
So far, 965 teachers in 363 secondary schools around the country have taken part in the CPR 4 Schools programme and learned how to deliver CPR, giving the programme a reach of over 180,000 secondary school students.
Of the 85 secondary schools in County Cork 52 schools (61%) have taken part in the CPR 4 Schools programme, protecting lives at school and in the local community.
St Vincent’s Secondary School Teacher Frances Dodd said: “The CPR 4 Schools programme has fit naturally into our school, the pupils have really enjoyed developing new lifesaving skills that can be used in every environment; at home, in school and in the community. We are thrilled to be recognised for our contribution in creating the next generation of lifesavers.”
Children & Young People Programme Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation, Laura Hickey said: “Today we awarded St Vincent’s Secondary School its special recognition award in recognition of its dedication in providing lifesaving CPR training to each of its pupils and staff.
"Every day 13 people in Ireland die from a cardiac arrest and schools are an ideal setting to educate young people in CPR and reduce the incidences of death from cardiac arrest.”
“CPR is a lifesaving skill that everyone can learn, and this programme is available to every post-primary school in Ireland, equipping young people with the skills and confidence to perform CPR. St Vincent’s Secondary School has done tremendous work in creating awareness and taking the fear out of lifesaving.”
The next CPR 4 Schools training day for teachers in Cork will take place on Tuesday 12 February in the Cork Education Support Centre on the Western Road.
Find more information on CPR 4 Schools on the Irish Heart Foundation’s website: www.irishheart.ie/cpr4schools