Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
Since October of last year, the Belton Fire Department has been visiting area businesses and holding classes to teach Take10, a compression-only CPR. Most recently, Kris Morgan, recently appointed Assistant Fire Chief of the Belton Fire Department, taught two CPR classes to the staff at Perry Office Plus at their Temple location.
“We have frequent safety meeting but I’ve been wanting to offer some sort of CPR training for our employees,” said Shelly Hellinghausan, the Chief Operating Officer at Perry. “(Morgan) recently taught my husband’s class at First Baptist Church so I asked him if he would be willing to come teach a class for us as well.”
Morgan normally holds 1-2 classes per month in which the class size ranges anywhere from 5 to 40 people. “It’s been somewhat of a slow start since hearing about the Take10 training has been through word-of-mouth,” said Morgan. “I recently did a bunch of classes at First Baptist Church in Belton. They brought all their Deacons and staff through to take the course.”
Morgan began Belton’s Take10 course in October of last year but it really didn’t start picking up momentum until about November or December. Since then, he has been able to train nearly 200 individuals in our area.
“Response for the classes have been overwhelmingly good and positive,” Morgan explained. “I enjoy doing it, I like teaching people. It’s been really good.”
Take10 is designed to teach individuals basic adult CPR techniques so they can appropriately help in an emergency situation involving cardiac arrest. “Every minute is critical for an adult in cardiac arrest, and high quality, uninterrupted chest compressions can save lives,” explained Morgan. “The life expectancy and chance of recovery for a victim of cardiac arrest greatly improves the more promptly they begin receiving compressions.” You don’t have to be a medical professional, even the normal bystander can be greatly helpful in cardiac arrest situations.
Take10 is hands-only 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. “All you have to remember is the three C’s, check, call, and compression,” said Morgan.
If you see someone collapse from cardiac arrest it is first important to check on the person. You can shake or tap on the person asking them if they are alright or need help. If there is no response, either call 9-1-1 or direct someone else to make the phone call for assistance. Finally, for compressions you need to push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
When calling 9-1-1, you need to stay on the phone until the 9-1-1 dispatcher or operator tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help
Due to Morgan’s recent promotion at the Fire Department, he sadly doesn’t have as much time as he would like to devote to the project. “I’m going to have to train some other guys to do it now since I’ve got too many other duties,” Morgan commented. The project “was my baby from the get-go, I’m the one that stated the class and did all the leg-work so I hate to give it up.” However, he has hopes that training a few more people to go out and teach Take10 will provide the BFD the opportunity to reach even more individuals by offering more than 1-2 classes per month.
For additional information on Take10, please visit www.heart.org. If a Belton business is interested in CPR training, just contact the Belton Fire Department at (254) 933-5881 or stop by Fire Station No. 2 on Sparta Avenue to schedule a session for up to eight people.