Jonesboro E911 dispatchers learn lifesaving techniques

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro E911 hosted a lifesaving training program at the Jonesboro Police Department Saturday.

The 21 Jonesboro E911 dispatchers participated in four-hour training sessions from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where they learned CPR for adults, children, and infants.

They also learned how to help someone who is choking, and techniques for bleeding control and shock management.

E911 Director Jeff Presley said the class will give the dispatchers more confidence in their abilities.

"If we take that 911 call and a child's in a swimming pool not breathing, things like that the dispatcher will have that knowledge of what to do."

"These people that learn CPR, that get it started before the ambulance or helicopter gets there are truly the lifesavers. So we're here to educate as many people as possible," said Hospital Wing Education Director Jason Clark.

Clark says they also train other groups, such as volunteer fire departments and church groups.

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