(September 17, 2012) – The Sandals Foundation recently sponsored the certification of more than 100 teachers during a CPR & AED Emergency First Response workshop at Beaches Turks & Caicos.
The two-day training workshop facilitated by the resort’s training and development department taught the participants how to respond in an emergency, access the scene and patient, lay rescuer CPR, and how to use an automated external defibrillator device.
“The response from the teachers has been very receptive and their participation has been tremendous. They are very excited about this emergency response course,” said Melissa Hoilett, training and development manager at Beaches Turks & Caicos. “It’s really an eye opener because some people tend to take the certification lightly but I’m really happy that these teachers have taken the right step in getting certified.”
With the use of dolls and active participation from their colleagues during role play exercises, emergency situations came to life at the workshop. The teachers learned varying techniques for dealing with emergency situations that may arise for babies, infants, adults and even women during pregnancy.
Rachel Taylor, principal of the Enid Capron Primary School, expressed gratitude for the timely workshop.
“The Enid Capron staff thanks the Sandals Foundation for affording our teachers the opportunity to become qualified CPR Emergency First Responders. We will now feel more confident to deal with emergency situations that may occur not only at school but in the wider community.”
Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School, Dara Thomas noted that her teachers have long been interested in becoming certified emergency first responders.
“We work with children and from time to time we experience injuries. We don’t have school nurses, so by having this certification we’ll be better able to assist our children before medical personnel arrives,” she noted. “We’re extremely thankful to the Sandals Foundation for granting us this exciting opportunity and beneficial certification.”