RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Fire Department and Richmond Public Schools are partnering up to give free CPR training to the city’s teachers.
The partnership is the result of by Mayor’s Teacher Advisory Council, which provides insight into what attracts teachers and helps keep them working at RPS.
“The Virginia Department of Education requires all individuals applying for or renewing teacher licenses to be certified in CPR, which can cost as much as $150 per course,” a release from Mayor Levar Stoney’s Office said.
RPS teachers will be able to sign up for free courses that will be held at the fire department’s headquarters. Classes will be offered monthly beginning in June.
“Being able to respond swiftly in an emergency is a critical part of keeping our city safe,” said Fire Chief Melvin Carter. “The Richmond Fire Department is proud to be able to offer this life-saving training to the teachers who work so hard on behalf of our children.”
“This is a great benefit for our teachers and we’re so grateful to the mayor and Chief Carter for making this happen,” said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras. “It’s just another example of how we all get smarter when we listen to our teachers.”
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