Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) and Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) have teamed up to hold a free, Hands-Only CPR/AED Training for Kids & Teens. The program is offered to children in grades 5 thru 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 7-9 p.m., and will be held at the OLF Parish Center (229 Danbury Rd.).

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help!

This class is specifically for children and teens, grades 5-12 or ages 9-17. According to WVAC officers, the ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as 9-years-old can learn and retain CPR skills. WVAC’s approach is that the earlier kids get their hands on manikins and practice the basics, the more second nature it will become for them should they ever need to refer to these skills in a real world experience. Just teaching a child the mechanics of pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest is better than doing nothing at all. If they have the ability to listen and follow direction, they are a good candidate for this class.

Each student will be given adequate time and instruction with an instructor. Advanced registration is required so that organizers can know in advance how many participants to expect, to ensure there are enough manikins and instructors on hand.

There is no cost to participate. However, WVAC is 100% a volunteer organization, and not part of the Town of Wilton, so it relies heavily on donations from the community. WVAC is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are always appreciated. Registrants have the opportunity to make a donation to the Corps or at the event itself.

Advance registration can be completed online. Spots are limited, and only a few spots are left.

For more information or other questions, email Brian McDermott, WVAC vice president and community relations and special events coordinator; or Mara Fleming, coordinator of Youth Ministry at OLF.