Recently, students and leaders from Edmond North High School joined John Vance Auto Group employee, John Carpenter and the American Heart Association (AHA) to highlight a new state law requiring CPR training in Oklahoma schools. As part of the AHA’s CPR in Schools Program, North received a CPR training kit for use on the school campus.
The kit was made possible through a $5,000 contribution from John Vance Auto Group to help fund AHA’s CPR in Schools program across Central Oklahoma.
The John Vance Auto Group contribution funded one CPR training kit as part of the AHA’s CPR in Schools program.
“Schools are integral parts of our communities and teaching life-saving CPR will help increase bystander CPR across all communities and empower more people to act in an emergency to help save a life,” said Megan Vance, president John Vance Auto Group. “Teaching students CPR before they graduate will put qualified lifesavers in our community, year after year. We are thrilled to be part of those efforts and continue our support of the American Heart Association.”
The AHA CPR in Schools Training Kit teaches students the core skills of CPR as well as AED skills and choking relief techniques. In just 30 minutes, students can learn the skills and techniques needed to save a life. The CPR in Schools program is an important initiative in the AHA’s pursuit to increase the bystander rate of CPR training in Oklahoma.
“We would like to thank John Vance Auto Group for their generous contribution in helping fund our CPR in Schools program,” said Debbie Hite, AHA senior executive director. “CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. We are extremely excited to partner with organizations and schools to start training students in the lifesaving skill.”
More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. About 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong.
The program began with the 2015-2016 school year. Oklahoma now requires CPR training prior to high school graduation. The CPR in Schools bill (HB 1378) was signed into law in May 2014 making Oklahoma the 16th state to implement the graduation requirement.
John Vance Auto Group is located in Guthrie at U.S. Interstate 35, Exit 153. John Vance, CEO, began the company in 1983. Vance Auto Group consists of 3 new car dealerships, Ford, GM and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM.