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Aitutaki residents learn life-saving skills

Wednesday September 09, 2015 Written by Published in Health
Knowing how to put someone in the recovery position is without a doubt useful to know, pictured here Brent Fisher is midway through demonstrating how to correctly position a person in need of medical help. Knowing how to put someone in the recovery position is without a doubt useful to know, pictured here Brent Fisher is midway through demonstrating how to correctly position a person in need of medical help.

A large number of Aitutaki residents took the opportunity to learn how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and how to administer CPR.

 

Brent and Annie Fisher held nine free classes over two days on behalf of the Cook Islands Safety and Surf Life Saving Council.

In two weeks Brent will complete training to become a qualified “first responder” tutor, with the help of NZ St John Ambulance and the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

The husband and wife team who are both qualified first-aiders and first responders, trained 70 people of all ages.

“If someone’s heart stops or they drown, we now have 70 more people on the island who can assist in a positive and knowledgeable way”, said Brent.

The pair’s main focus was on resort staff, sporting groups, Air Raro staff and airport personnel.

The Aitutaki has an AED machine and three more on the island are privately owned by Air Raro, The Aitutaki Lagoon and Spa Resort and Mike Henry. Brent encourages resorts and sports groups to buy their own AEDs.  The life-saving machines are subsidised and can be bought through him.

The Aitutaki courses were so well received that residents are now asking for a second visit.

“We’re hoping that the other outer islands will follow and request training and get AED’s,” Brent said.

Before leaving for Aitutaki Brent ran a class with Nukutere College students with help from Anne Tierney who spoke to the students about road safety.

Tomorrow Brent and fellow first responder John Gemmell will run the AED and CPR course for police officers on Rarotonga.

The council extends sincere thanks to Air Rarotonga, Allen and Maria Mills from Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas, Aitutaki Lagoon & Spa, Surf Life Saving Australia and Harvie Allison for their wonderful sponsorship and support.