Airport staff in training

POSTED: 10/30/12 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – Staff of the Princess Juliana International Airport operating company began a three-day Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED) certification course yesterday. The course is specially designed for them and conducted by the Windward Islands Emergency Medical Services.

Participants will learn how and when to use CPR and AEDs. The newly acquired AEDs are being installed this week at the airport, therefore the staff must be educated on how to use them in the event of an emergency.

The training has a theoretical and a practical component, and is based on the American Heart Association guidelines. It also includes a video presentation from this association. The instructor is Mr. Merlin Aventurin, the medical field commander of the Windward Islands Emergency Medical Services.

“This is part of our ongoing efforts to put safety first in all our operations,” said PJIAE Director of Operations Larry Donker.

The participants, who are drawn from the Quality Assurance, Fire, Security, Business Class Lounge (BCL), Human Resources, and Customer Service departments of the airport, will learn how to apply their training to children and adults. The next two sessions will be held on tomorrow and Thursday.

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