Training for Sinoville heroes

Participants in the CPR training course. Photo: Supplied

Members of the Sinoville community policing forum (CPF) and crisis centre recently received training in CPR.

CPR is a life-saving medical procedure given to someone who is in cardiac arrest by pressing up and down on the person’s chest. This helps pump blood around someone’s body when their heart can’t.

The training was provided by Indlovu Health and Safety as part of CPR day, an initiative by the Resuscitation Council of South Africa (RCSA).

“The initiative called for training heroes within our community,” said Indlovu Health and Safety coordinator Jimmy Meintjes.

“We decided to approach the Sinoville CPF as well as the Sinoville crisis centre to attend the training.”

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The Sinoville crisis centre is a non-government organisation situated at the Sinoville police station.

Their volunteers are all trained intensively in crisis intervention and emotional support.

The centre is on stand-by after hours to assist people of all ages in the community with trauma, suicide, domestic violence, drug abuse, administrative services and support.

The CPF is a platform through which community members and various organisations meet with the police to discuss local crime issues.

“CPR – or cardiopulmonary resuscitation – is a useful skill that more people should know,” said Meintjes.

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During the festive season, more drowning accidents are reported. Knowing how to successfully apply CPR could save a life.

“The CPF and crisis centre offer their time and expertise free of charge to keep their community safe,” said Meintjes.

“It is only fair that we equip these unsung heroes with a skill that would let them save more lives.”

The course provided hands-on practice in CPR skills and choking in adults, children and infants, including the use of a defibrillator, barrier devices and pocket masks.

Upon completion of the course, each of the participants received a RCSA certificate.

Meintjes thanked everybody who attended and participated in the training initiative.

Participants in the CPR training course. Photo: Supplied

 

Participants in the CPR training course. Photo: Supplied

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