Columbia Star

Neighborhood community emergency response teams seek CPR training




Gary Wilhelm (l), president of NE Woodlands HOA, presents Dr. Cheryl Guy (r), Westwood High School Principal, and Steve Wilson, Westwood High School Firefighting and Emergency Management Services instructor, with a plaque expressing gratitude for the training support provided by Westwood High School to the NE Woodlands CERT.

Gary Wilhelm (l), president of NE Woodlands HOA, presents Dr. Cheryl Guy (r), Westwood High School Principal, and Steve Wilson, Westwood High School Firefighting and Emergency Management Services instructor, with a plaque expressing gratitude for the training support provided by Westwood High School to the NE Woodlands CERT.

Residents of the Northeast Woodlands and the Summit neighborhoods participated recently in a four hour training on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques, applying the Heimlich Maneuver, and using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to save lives. These residents make up the neighborhoods’ respective Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) groups.

CERT members spent a recent Saturday morning learning to apply the Heimlich and CPR techniques on infants, toddlers, and adults, including pregnant women and those with other relevant health-concerns (like a pacemaker).

The training, led by Steve Wilson, included overview of relevant emergency situations and equipment, information about keeping oneself safe while assisting those in distress, hands-on practice using mannequins and other props, and role play (including assessing situations and making a clear 911 call).

Wilson is the Firefighting and Emergency Management Services instructor at Westwood High School and has been working with the Northeast

Woodlands CERT since 2017.

At the conclusion of the training, Gary Wilhelm, president of the Northeast Woodlands Homeowners Association, presented Dr. Cheryl Guy, Westwood High School principal, with a plaque expressing gratitude for the outstanding training support provided by Westwood High School to the NE Woodlands CERT.

Wilhelm also presented Wilson with a $200 check from the NE Woodlands HOA to be used to support the training of the Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) he recently started at Westwood High School.


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