Free CPR training for students

Students in fifth through 12th grade are invited to learn hands-only CPR and AED training on Tuesday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, 229 Danbury Road.

The free program is offered by the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance and Our Lady of Fatima.

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.

According to the ambulance corps, most people who experience out-of-hospital-cardiac arrest die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. Studies have shown that children as young as 9 can learn and retain CPR skills, and thus help in an emergency situation. If they have the ability to listen and follow directions, they are a good candidate for this class.

Registration is required in advance to ensure each student is given adequate time with an instructor. Register online at When registering, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the ambulance corps, which is a volunteer organization that relies heavily on donations from the community.

Questions may be directed to Brian McDermott, WVAC Community Relations and Special Events coordinator at or 203-517-7247 or Mara Fleming, coordinator of Youth Ministry at OLF at