Local Boy Scout Troop 999 sponsored by Sylva First Methodist Church is focusing this year on what to do when a person suffers a heart attack. This vital training program was greatly enhanced this week when the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation in partnership with the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. presented a “Resusi Anne” training unit to the scout troop.
In presenting the CPR unit, Larry Hinton, General Manager of Andy Shaw Ford, Inc. said, “If the right kind of treatment can be given to a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that their life can be saved. CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating until professional help arrives,” he added.
Hinton said that there has been a great increase in CPR training in our country with a coresponding increase in long term survivors from the effects of heart attack. The training takes about five hours of lectures and intensive practice. CPR is a requirement for many Boy Scout merit badges such as First Aid, Life Saving, Water Sports, and White Water just to name a few.
In accepting the CPR training unit Brian Lawrence, Troop 999 Scoutmaster, said that the organization had a goal to train all members of the troop in the next year. He also indicated that the unit will be available for other troops in the Jackson, Macon, and Swain County area to use for their CPR training.
“Resusi Anne” provides instant reponse by giving signals to the trainee that he or she is applying the right pressure to the right spot or breathing correctly into the victim’s mouth. With training, the students learn the “feel” of giving quick lifesaving emergency treatment.
The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation is part of the National Automobile Dealers Association with headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Its membership includes more than 19,000 franchised new car and truck dealers in the U.S.