GLENDALE, CA—Chamlian Armenian School recognizes that safety training is a mandatory component of professional development for faculty and staff. Training can range from ensuring student safety in a natural disaster such as an earthquake to learning first aid and CPR in case of an accident or emergency. On Wednesday, December 29, 2010, Chamlian Armenian School’s administration and staff members received CPR and first aid training on campus. The training also involved the use of a fire extinguisher and a generator.
The first part of the day consisted of CPR and First Aid training, conducted by Joseph Krikorian, director of Code 3 University, and his staff. The library was fully equipped with adult and baby dummies, a defibrillator, and other equipment needed to provide thorough training. The training staff demonstrated proper CPR and first aid techniques to ensure that any victim in the school who is non-responsive can be properly cared for until the arrival of the emergency response teams. The focus was on how to keep blood and oxygen flowing throughout a victim’s body and how to administer shocks from an automatic external defibrillator. These machines, known as AEDs, can ensure that a victim’s heart beat is maintained. Chamlian Armenian School will soon be equipped with one of these life-saving machines.
The second portion of the training consisted of the proper use of a fire extinguisher and a generator. The generator was brought out of the earthquake preparedness bin, located in the staff parking lot, to familiarize the designated staff members in charge of this duty with the proper use of the equipment. The staff then moved on to receive training on how to properly put out a fire with a fire extinguisher. All designated staff members practiced on a self-provoked mini fire and learned the proper way to put one out if need be.
In its efforts to be fully trained for a disaster, Chamlian Armenian School is committed to provide ongoing training for its faculty and staff to remain current with guidelines for disaster preparation.