KENNEWICK, Wa.,--The Benton-Franklin American Red Cross chapter had sleeping bags and pillows ready to go today, but not for an emergency.
Instead, young girls took part in an overnight Babysitting Boot Camp. They practiced giving their infants CPR and also learned how to check for a pulse. Babysitters i spoke with say this training is invaluable.
"You don't want the child dying because that's, ya know, a person is very irreplaceable," says Paris Wilson.
"If i'm ever in that position, i'll know what to do and I won't be frozen, thinking what do I do," says Emma Stephens.
Babysitters also spent time feeding each other, blindfolded. Luckily for them, chocolate pudding replaced actual baby food. This exercise helps sitters anticipate how the child will react.
Boot Camp Director Chris Roemeling said she would want these girls doing CPR on her instead of an adult. The reason? They are incredibly dedicated and committed to saving lives.