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Baltimore Woods, MAVES combine to offer CPR training

Bonnie Block, MAVES CPR/first aid trainer, conducts a training session using mannequins.

Bonnie Block, MAVES CPR/first aid trainer, conducts a training session using mannequins. Provided

Baltimore Woods Nature Center and Marcellus Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Service are collaborating to train the community in life-saving CPR, first aid and babysitter courses, thanks to a grant from Key Bank.

Baltimore Woods applied for the grant with the intention to have someone on staff become a CPR trainer, but when Key Bank awarded the grant, nature center officials began to investigate their options. They realized the impact of Key Bank’s investment would be far greater if Baltimore Woods worked with MAVES.

“Friends who volunteer for ambulance services encouraged us to consider that the skills people learn in a CPR class are perishable,” said Baltimore Woods executive director Patty Weisse. “The class is far more engaging and relevant when taught by someone who uses the skills on a regular basis. It was a no-brainer to give MAVES a call since they just opened a new facility right down the hill.”

Baltimore Woods was awarded the grant in order to provide their campers, hikers and volunteers with access to life-saving care in the event of emergencies, Key Bank officials said.

“The synergistic impact of the collaboration between Baltimore Woods and MAVES is an impressive example of non-profit collaboration,” said Gina Tonello, community relations manager for Key Bank CNY.

Eight people attended the inaugural Basic Life Support class offered Feb. 23 at MAVE’S headquarters on Lee Mulroy Road in Marcellus.

“This was a win-win scenario,” said MAVES CPR/first aid trainer Bonnie Block. “We wanted to start a training program and needed funds to invest in state-of-the-art training mannequins. By sharing the grant resources, we can not only meet Baltimore Woods needs for training, but extend them across a far wider audience.”

Look for notice of upcoming MAVES training sessions in the Baltimore Woods Nature Center newsletter as well as on the MAVES Facebook page (search “Marcellus Ambulance” on Facebook).

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