UConn Rescue Club offers CPR course to 'provide community with life-saving skills'

The UConn Rescue Club plans to offer CPR classes to anyone in the community who's interested, said those in the club. The CPR class will be a four hour long course that involves video instruction and hands-on practice. The course will end in a written multiple choice and practical skills test to obtain certification. (Flickr/Theresa Murray)

The University of Connecticut Rescue Club will soon offer CPR classes for those interested in becoming certified as part of their EMT interests.

UConn Rescue allows certified EMTs to use their skills to gain experience in the medical field. Some members have EMT certification, while others are merely interested in emergency services.

“We look forward to providing the community with life-saving skills,” Megan Rotondo, the club secretary and a fourth-semester pre-med student majoring in physiology and neurobiology said.

Currently, the club is planning to start CPR training classes for anyone in the community who wishes to become certified. The courses will occur three to four times per semester.

Justin Pedneault, a second-semester nursing student and training coordinator for UConn Rescue is recruiting certified American Heart Association BLS Instructors to teach the CPR courses.

“This is a relatively new program and we are looking to grow rapidly,” Pedneault said. “The best way to accomplish this is to have a core list of instructors to draw from which makes scheduling classes and teaching a high quality program very efficient.”

UConn Rescue does not fund or offer the CPR Instructor Course, but may be able to recommend local sources to receive the instructor certification.

To become an instructor an individual must be already certified in CPR, complete an eight-hour classroom training program and teach one CPR course under observation of another instructor. 

The CPR instructors for UConn Rescue may be able to receive compensation, but that has not been finalized yet, Pedneault said. 

The CPR class will be a four hour long course that involves video instruction and hands-on practice. The course will end in a written multiple choice and practical skills test to obtain certification, Pedneault said.

“My favorite part of being training coordinator is being able to make it even better, and set in place what is necessary for someone to continue my role after I graduate years down the road,” Pedneault said.

The club was founded when sixth-semester healthcare management and biological sciences major, Sarah Biedermann, was disappointed in the opportunities on campus to practice her EMT skills, according to Rotondo. After meeting other students who were interested, Biedermann founded UConn Rescue. 

The club holds many activities and events throughout the year.

UConn Rescue has taught students from UConn Brigades how to take vitals, practiced emergency protocols with the help of Mansfield Fire Department and connected students with other local fire departments for work positions. The club also has a variety of new EMS equipment that allows students to practice and maintain their skills, said Rotondo. 

Anyone interested in teaching CPR for UConn Rescue can contact Pedneault at justin.pedneault@uconn.edu.  

Others who are interested in joining the club can contact Rotondo at megan.rotondo@uconn.edu. Meetings usually take place bi-monthly in the Chemistry building in the evening.


Claire Galvin is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at claire.galvin@uconn.edu.