Last week, Shirley Brame, health program facilitator at Woodward Career Technical School was presented with a set of Laerdal® CPR training manikins as part of the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association’s (GCADA) public safety initiative to increase access to CPR training. The equipment was presented by Nancy DeCastro and Tim Sparks of Kerry Buick GMC on behalf of the membership of GCADA.
The training manikins are being donated through GCADA’s CPR Manikin Donation Program. GCADA members have the opportunity to provide CPR training manikins to Greater Cincinnati area non-profit organizations such as hospitals, police, fire departments, schools and American Red Cross chapters.
“This program is one of our major public safety priorities,” said GCADA Executive Vice President Charlie Howard. “Getting the right equipment to organizations like Woodward High means more members of the community will be prepared to intervene in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. This program has been an excellent way for our dealer members to help keep friends and neighbors in their community’s safe.”
The equipment will be used to train both students and faculty at Woodward on this lifesaving technique. Woodward has been offering CPR training for over 4 years and trains over 60 individuals per year.
Since 2013, GCADA’s CPR Manikin Donation Program has provided over 70 manikins to area nonprofits, with a total value of over $35,000. An estimated 20,000 individuals have been trained in CPR and/or AED using this equipment.