Louth Public Participation Network (PPN) continued its efforts to promote lifesaving skills in the community by making the presentation of a portable defibrillator to Bush Post Primary School.
Louth PPN launched a first aid training initiative for secondary schools throughout County Louth in 2016/2017. Recognising the value of lifesaving skills in the community, funding was secured to offer this training to 5th Year and Transition Year students. Over 420 students have taken part to date.
The course enables students to be prepared to act in an emergency or possibly life-threatening situation. Knowing what to do before an ambulance arrives may be the difference between life and death.
The learning acquired will be of benefit to the students at home, school, sports grounds, within the wider community as well as in their future workplace.
First aid training provides for safer practices, which in turn assists in reducing further injury to those affected by accident or sudden illness. Being able to respond quickly and effectively in an emergency situation provides preparedness within our community, which is greatly needed.
Louth PPN is the first county to take this initiative and it plans to support all PPN Secretariats around the country to introduce it in schools, and isinvolved in actively seeking its inclusion on the national curriculum.