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OTE crews train to save lives

Posted on: December 24th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Field ops trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); December 24, 2011Photo of Sarah Flores practicing CPR.

Recently, the Highway Business Sign crew and several of the administrative staff underwent CPR training. Front-line crews are frequently exposed to hazardous or dangerous conditions on the Interstate or in public rest areas. By training to be CPR proficient, Oregon Travel Experience personnel not only protect the public, they protect one another in the event of cardiac arrest.

We asked a couple of the staff who underwent the training program to tell us what they learned during the six-hour workshop:

Sarah Flores, OTE receptionist and Free Coffee Program coordinator

“Kent Wadsworth, from HeartLINK Health Services, was a great instructor who kept us on our toes. He told us many stories of encounters he has endured as a paramedic. Hearing those stories makes the training feel more real. The last training I received was over 10 years ago and some techniques have changed since then. Kent demonstrated how to use the defibrillator. It actually talks to you and tells what to do which is so helpful. I feel much more knowledgeable after taking this class. Kent had so many experiences to share with us and he was a great instructor—he made us feel comfortable in a somewhat uncomfortable setting and made it fun. I would definitely recommend him to other agencies for training.”

John Hafner, OTE field operations manager

“The instructor was an emergency medical technician and related life experiences to individual examples of medical responses. He kept the class moving along and encouraged questions. I actually have been involved in a real life-threatening emergency. I helped an injured victim in a motor vehicle accident until the professional emergency responders arrived. Keeping that situation calm was the hardest part, so that shock would not set in. The victim survived and years later came by to tell me ‘thanks!’ The automated defibrillator improves the chances of surviving cardiac arrest—without it, CPR is only temporary. And always remember to call for help before starting resuscitation, if possible!”

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