HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Students at Socastee Middle School have received training from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department to learn and practice rescue skills.
Students learned how to help someone who is choking, how to give proper chest compressions, and how to find and use a defibrillator.
“We usually do a lot more activity or healthier, but today we had a curve and had to do CPR which was fun today,” said Max Duke, a student. seventh year.
Duke is one of the first half of the students at Socastee Middle School who received training over a period of gym class. The other half will be formed next semester.
Duke said the training worked to give him a better idea of what to do in an emergency.
“At first I was like I had to do CPR, I would be like ‘oh my God what would I do? I don’t know what I would be able to do’, but now the firefighters have come to help us. , I feel like I would be a lot more confident than before that I didn’t know it, ”said Duke.
The idea for the training sessions started with director Lisa Melchione. She had been asking for it for years after a former student faced a situation where he had to wait for first responders after calling 911, not knowing exactly what to do.
After getting the right funding, the training became a reality. The school bought 10 mannequins for around $ 2,500 and partnered with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.
Melchione said she was excited to see the students take the training seriously and engage with interest in asking questions of first responders.
“Oh, they love it,” Melchione said. “They love that they can try it out. It’s harder than they think, but they’re really excited to have the opportunity to be exposed to it.
Captain Jonathan Evans of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department said the service takes advantage of opportunities like this.
“Anytime we can come here and give them a better education on how to do these things and how to use them and what it’s for, that’s great,” Evans said.
Melchione said the trainings benefit the entire community, but also give students peace of mind in the classroom.
“In an emergency I know I can protect our children, but now they can protect each other too,” Melchione said.
“If this ever happens at school, all the kids will know how to do it or how to react to it,” Duke agreed.
Socastee Middle School is the only Horry County Schools college with this training in place. Students in the district also receive this type of training at the secondary level.