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Nearly a dozen Farmington Elementary School teachers who wanted to be able to help their students in case of an emergency or a disaster have completed a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class provided by the South Davis Ambulance Association.

The teachers are now certified by the American Heart Association to administer CPR, which is rescue breathing given to someone who has stopped breathing. CPR also includes a manipulation of the chest which causes the heart to pump oxygenated blood through the victim's body.CPR instructor Jim Rampton, a sergeant and an engineer with the South Davis Fire Department, an emergency medical technician and vice president of the South Davis Ambulance Association, said CPR is a valuable tool that anyone can learn to use until paramedics or EMTs arrive to provide the victim with pure oxygen and rush him to a hospital.

The Farmington teachers spent five hours over two afternoons this past week taking the CPR course and also learned some basic first aid. The teachers said they were worried that a child might become hurt on the playground or some disaster, such as an earthquake, might cause widespread injuries to children while they were in school.

They said they want to be ready for an emergency and feel more confident now that they can deal with a victim who has stopped breathing. They plan to take further courses in first aid, including instruction in bandaging and splinting.

Rampton said the South Davis Ambulance Association, which is made of firemen-EMTs from the South Davis Fire District, instructed several hundred people in CPR and first aid last year.

"If you are the first on an accident scene and know CPR and something about first aid you can be a lifesaver," Rampton said. "Everyone should know CPR because you never know when a loved one, a neighbor or someone you see on the street will fall victim to a heart attack and stop breathing."

Anyone interested in having an instructor from the ambulance association teach a CPR or first aid class can contact the fire department at 295-6622.