Offenders at Pine Grove YCC learn CPR and first aid.

Offenders at Pine Grove YCC learn CPR and first aid.

Life-saving techniques improve safety, aid rehabilitation

Story and photos by Judy Levenson, teacher
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

Pine Grove Education staff worked with Sgt. Denise McGhee at the Stockton Training Center to arrange CPR/First Aid Training for the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp firefighters.

Sgt. McGhee and a team of trainers from the Stockton Training Center spent the day at Pine Grove YCC providing CPR/First Aid training and certification for all youth at the camp.

The training provided every young man the opportunity to become qualified to help others in an emergency situation, whether at home with family, on a work project or in the back country fighting a fire.  The young men on the fire crews will be able to respond appropriately to the situation.

Additionally, while hiking in hook line order, they will be able to recognize symptoms of, and respond to, situations such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Many of the young firefighters have expressed the desire to pursue a career in firefighting. One of the requirements for employment is to be CPR/First Aid certified. With their newly acquired two-year certification, they are one step closer.

Experiences and opportunities such as CPR/First Aid training build confidence and self-esteem, key components of rehabilitation for young offenders, according to organizers.

A young offender at Pine Grove YCC learns CPR for an infant.

A young offender at Pine Grove YCC learns CPR for an infant.