CPR training for children and teens

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Our Lady of Fatima will offer a free  hands-only CPR/AED training for children and teens 9 to 17 years old. It will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima parish center, 229 Danbury Road.

Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting, such as at home, at work or in a park. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. The ambulance corps encourages bystanders to not be afraid to help, and that includes young people.

The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age.

“Studies have shown that children as young as 9 can learn and retain CPR skills,” the corps said in a press release. “That being said, we personally believe that the earlier kids get their hands on manikins and practice the basics, the more second nature it will become for them. Just teaching a child the mechanics of pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest is better than doing nothing at all. If they have the ability to listen and follow direction, they are a good candidate for this class.”

No certifications are associated with this class. Although the event is free, donations will be appreciated.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, email Brian McDermott at VicePresident@WiltonAmbulance.org or Mara Fleming, coordinator of Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Fatima at fatimayouthk8@gmail.com.