Staff at the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services usually spend their time servicing the government’s fleet of vehicles, but they recently turned their attention to training to keep people alive.
Technical and office staff were trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, as well as in the use of the automated external defibrillator.
The sessions, facilitated by training manager Peter Hughes, took place at the Cayman Islands Red Cross headquarters.
Safety is paramount to these workers, who have responsibility for maintaining the government’s fleet of vehicles and related equipment.
The department’s management team decided that formal training to handle emergencies was imperative in order to satisfy safety needs and expectations.
“This training was timely and will especially benefit our mechanics,” said the department’s deputy director, Steven Ashford. “What was learned this time might well have mitigated some past workplace injuries.”
Accounts officer Mercedes Ebanks agreed: “I was able to learn some life-saving techniques and I now feel better prepared should an emergency situation arise.”