Lifesaving training for students (with photos)

By Haley Burton
By Casey Killian

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM EST

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Chenango Forks school district teamed up with a local fire department to educate its students on CPR.

Five-hundred high school students and 30 middle school students participated in CPR training Friday morning.

Volunteer firefighters and EMS from the Chenango Bridge Fire Company taught students the proper techniques and shared information.

Students at CF have been studying and practicing CPR in their health classes.

"These teenagers today should be able to learn CPR just in case their friend might just fall down and help out. Especially with a lot of sports in school, it's better to have more hands on than none," said Kerri Hamilton, Chenango Bridge Fire Company and EMS.

"It's an important skill and the more people we have out there with knowledge of how to save a life, the safer the environment is going to be and the better off we're all going to be," said said John Hillis, Principal.

The Chenango Bridge Fire Company also used the day as an opportunity to talk to students about joining fire companies and EMS because departments are always looking.

"I wanted to participate so I could have the skills under my belt so I could maybe be at one point one of those people to save a life," said Adam Copeland, Junior.

Students are now able get CPR certified after taking the class.