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Thursday 26 April 2018

Students complete first aid training with Louth PPN

Pictured at Ardee Community School at the presentation: Anthony Mc Ardle, on behalf of Louth PPN Secretariat, presents a portable defibrillator to head girl Katie Commins, Deputy Principal Tony Corcoran. Photo also includes Mary Capplis, Louth PPN Resource Worker and Brendan Matthews, Paramedic
Pictured at Ardee Community School at the presentation: Anthony Mc Ardle, on behalf of Louth PPN Secretariat, presents a portable defibrillator to head girl Katie Commins, Deputy Principal Tony Corcoran. Photo also includes Mary Capplis, Louth PPN Resource Worker and Brendan Matthews, Paramedic

Olivia Ryan

Louth PPN launched a first aid training initiative for secondary schools throughout County Louth initially in 2016.

Students from Ardee Community School recently completed the training and were awarded a certificate for their achievement.

Anthony McArdle, on behalf of the louth PPN Secretariat explained that in recognition of the the value of lifesaving skills in our community, funding was secured to offer this training to fifth year/transition year students.

Over 500 students have taken part to date.

'The course enables students to be prepared to act in an emergency or possibly life-threatening situation,' he said

'Knowing what to do before an ambulance arrives may be the difference between life and death.'

The learning acquired will be of benefit to the students at home, school, sports grounds, within the wider community as well as in their future workplace.

He added: 'First aid training provides for safer practices, which in turn assists in reducing further injury to those affected by accident or sudden illness.

Being able to respond quickly and effectively in an emergency situation provides preparedness within our community, which is greatly needed.

Louth PPN is the first county to take this initiative and are involved in actively seeking its inclusion on the school curriculum.

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