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Securitas Takes Training to Heart

Since 1963, the president has declared February “American Heart Month” in the United States in an effort to urge Americans to join the battle against heart diseases and cardiac arrest.
 
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike immediately and without warning. The victim’s heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Death can occur within minutes if the victim receives no treatment.
 
The American Heart Association reports that about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims—nearly a quarter of a million people in the United States each year—die before they ever reach the hospital.
 
However, the odds of survival rise dramatically if witnesses provide quick and proper response to the victim while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. OSHA estimates that when immediate CPR and defibrillation is delivered within the first five minutes of collapse, survival rates for SCA victims can be greater than 90 percent.
 
CPR and AED Training Online
Clearly, CPR and AED training can save lives. Certified training courses in CPR and AED are available through many organizations including the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and local emergency services departments. Many companies provide CPR training, and some Securitas customers may require security officers to be certified to work at their job sites.
 
Securitas has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide the fundamentals of CPR and AED training online. AHA courses are available on the Securitas Online Academy and can be taken by employees with access to the LMS and management approval. Courses can be completed at the users’ convenience and at his or her own pace. Online courses include interactive exercises and videos, and can be used for initial or renewal training.
 
The AHA Heartsaver® courses are comprised of three parts:
 
Part 1: Online, self-directed course, available through the Securitas LMS. The programs teach students critical skills and knowledge needed to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrive.
 
Parts 2 and 3: Hands-on skills practice and testing sessions with an authorized AHA
Instructor or Heartsaver® Skills Evaluator.
 
Upon successful completion of all three parts, students receive an AHA Heartsaver® course completion card that is valid for two years.
 
Become a Heartsaver® Skills Evaluator
 
With online training for CPR and AED available through the Securitas LMS, the ability for security officers to complete Part 1 of the Heartsaver® course is extremely convenient and a real time-saver. However, in order to complete the entire program, security officers must be evaluated and tested in person by an authorized instructor. This usually means traveling to an AHA Training Center or having an AHA instructor come to the jobsite. Both processes can be hard to schedule and time-consuming. But what if the client site had a Heartsaver® Skills Evaluator in place? Think of the time and energy (in addition to the potential lives) that could be saved. What if that Evaluator could be you?
 
Securitas security officers who successfully complete the Heartsaver® course can go on to become an AHA Skills Evaluator by successfully completing a Core Instructor course, aligning with a AHA Training Center, and passing evaluations by an AHA Instructor.
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