Certified First Responder Class at Tech Center Teaches Students to Save Lives

September 25, 2018

They applied tourniquets, performed CPR on a dummy and practiced how to work a defibrillator—and that was just in one class. Students at the new certified first responder (CFR) class at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES are learning what to do in an emergency setting that can save lives.
After demonstrating tourniquet application on a dummy, teacher Robert Cuomo had students take turns replicating his work. “It’s important that you write down the time the tourniquet was placed,” Cuomo told students, “so that doctors know how long it has been there. You don't’ want a tourniquet to be on for more than two hours because you can lose blood flow to the limb, which can compromise that limb.”
Students also learned how to perform CPR and how to use an automatic defibrillator (AED) on a dummy.
A certified first responder is a medical professional who provides basic medical care at the scene of emergencies.
“A firefighter or policeman can be a CFR, or you can be a CFR in an office setting and provide emergency care to someone in need,” Cuomo said. CFRs are qualified to perform basic first aid, treat shock, stabilize injuries, and administer oxygen, among other tasks.
“I really want to learn as much as possible about what to do in an emergency,” said Molly Vaughn, from Lakeland High School. Vaughn said that working in the medical field runs in her family. “My grandmother is a nurse, and I am really interested in studying nursing in college.”
Eric Holmbo, Haldane, and Molly Vaughn, Lakeland, learn how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.