In late 2012, St. Johns County Fire Rescue began a project in conjunction with the St. Johns County School District and the American Heart Association with a goal to teach every 2013 graduating senior “Hands Only CPR & AED. As you can imagine this was a serious undertaking that required numerous hours of planning and preparation in order to successfully deliver this program to our students.
As each high school came on board, staff members and volunteers from the SJCFR American Heart Association training center travelled to the campuses and held the Hands Only CPR & AED course. The program we developed allowed us to teach these lifesaving skills in a 45min course, and also leave them with a Friends and Family booklet donated by the St. Augustine Rotary Club that they could take home and share their newfound knowledge with friends and family.
From the months of November – April of 2013 SJCFR travelled to each and every high school in SJC and taught this program to over 3000 graduating seniors. Each of these students now has the skills and knowledge to initiate the 911 system and begin the process needed to save a life through Hands Only CPR & AED usage.
For this program to succeed, it took a working relationship between School Administration, Teachers and many Volunteer Instructors. Our volunteer instructors are employees of St. Johns County Fire Rescue, St. Augustine City Fire Department, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Park Medical Center, and SafetyNet. Without these dedicated volunteers this program would not have been possible.