Governor Stuart Jack, and his wife, Mrs. Mariko Jack, recently led the governor’s staff in taking cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid classes through the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
The Jacks and their staff took the classes in order to highlight the importance of CPR and first-aid skills in emergency situations, as well as to underline the importance of teamwork in such situations, Mr Jack explained, states a GIS press release.
He also noted that it demonstrated their support of Red Cross’ significant work in educating Cayman residents to cope with emergency situations.
The classes were held 25 August at the Red Cross headquarters on Huldah Avenue.
For the Governor and his wife, as well as for the staff from the Governor’s Office and Government House, the classes updated their existing skills.
During the training, Mr. Jack related a personal story that further highlighted the importance of CPR and first-aid training.
He said that his family and a friend had helped to save a man who was having difficulty in the sea.
“They worked as a team – my daughter, who has had lifeguard and first aid training, swam out to look after a man in the water while another family member and the friend got a man on a jet-ski to go out and bring the man back to the shore and called 911.
‘Their knowledge provided them with the courage to act when it was needed,’ he said. ‘I encourage the people of the Cayman Islands to also have these life-saving skills.’
Mr. Peter Hughes, the Cayman Islands Red Cross’ CPR and first-aid training manager, agreed. ‘Everyone should have some knowledge of what to do, when first aid is needed,’ he said.
For more information about the Cayman Islands Red Cross and CPR/first aid training, please contact Mr Hughes on 925-0715 or [email protected].