LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - UWL is working to make the campus safer for everyone.
News 8 reported earlier this year about the university adding more defibrillators on campus.
In January the university added automatic external defibrillators in nearly every campus building and in every squad car.
But with not many people knowing how to use the device, it might not matter how many of them are actually installed on campus.
That's why campus police officers and the University Staff Council are offering CPR and AED training for staff and students.
They're hoping more people will learn how to save someone's life.
"It's one thing to have the AED's, it's another thing to know how to use them and how to respond in an emergency situation," said campus police officer David Pehl.
After a UWL music instructor suffered from a heart attack in 2013, Pehl knew installing more AED's on campus would be a good idea.
But making sure people know how to use them, is his next goal.
"And this just kind of fulfills the part of wanting to become a hard safe community."
Chair of University Staff Council Brandon Harris says with more than 1,500 employees and 10,000 students, this CPR and AED training is bound to come in handy at one point or another.
"We'll be able to shorten that time for giving people assistance if they need it."
In the last 15 years, AED's helped save five lives on campus.
Harris says in situations like this, timing is everything.
"I mean if we can have somebody assisting right away, and then when the trained professionals show up they can take over, but just closing that gap of how much time it takes them to get to someone that's having a problem."
Harris says the training will allow everyone, not just officers, be able to step in and help someone in need.
"You know our job is to keep the university safe, but we each have a stake in keeping the university safe."
University staff council will cover the cost for any staff who want to attend the CPR and AED training.
For anyone else, like faculty, students or the public, the training will cost 20 dollars.
There will be schedules for AED training sessions on the University's Staff Council website.
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