The Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District staff learned how to perform CPR during a demonstration at Windsor High School on Wednesday — all while the marching band boogied in the background.
About six hundred school district staff members gathered in groups of five around training mannequins on the H.J. Dudley Football Field Wednesday, performing chest compressions to the rhythm of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” as it was performed by members of the Windsor High School Marching Band.
WSFR Operations Chief Mike Blackwill told the group the chest compressions are the most important part of CPR and can make a world of difference when trying to save a life.
The American Heart Association is now training people in what is known as “hands-only CPR,” a technique that they recommend people use if they see someone collapse outside of a hospital setting. The system only has two steps: call 911 (or get someone to do it for you) and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
“It gets tiring,” Windsor Middle School special education teacher Joe Nesselroth said after finishing his two-minute round of chest compressions. “I trained in CPR a year ago, but it was the older system where you were interspersing the compressions with the breaths. It’s absolutely an easier system to utilize now, no question.”
The event was coordinated by Aurora Community College, Mile-High RETAC, AIMS Community College, University of Colorado Hospital, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and the Poudre Fire Authority.
Blackwill encouraged the crowd to take the training one step further and sign up for a full-length CPR course through the fire department.
“The little bit of time you’ve spent doing this this morning can make a world of difference in the lifetime of another person,” Blackwill said.