STUART, Fla. — Venture Construction Group of Florida announced that its entire staff has been trained and certified via First Aid, CPR and AED training.

Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is among leaders in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean.

All staff members, including field workers, superintendents, sales teams, site managers, production managers, project managers, senior management, and administrative personnel attended and received certifications.

The course was led by Life Safety Solutions, an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center and an Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Education Center. Based in Palm City, Life Safety Solutions provides extensive training by AHA certified instructors.

"We prioritize safety,” said Stephen Shanton, president of Venture Construction Group of Florida. “It's not just a best practice, it's a requirement. We value any educational opportunity to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and death. In the event our team is met with the challenge of mitigating an unforeseeable health-related circumstance, each and every staff member is certified and equipped with life-saving skills," says.

The First Aid, CPR and AED certification meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace requirements and provides preparedness skills to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. The course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. The AED training teaches how to use an automated external defibrillator on both children and adults.

According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S. It is estimated that nearly 90 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before they reach a hospital or other source of emergency help. Communities with AED programs, which include comprehensive CPR and AED training, have achieved survival rates of 40 percent or higher for cardiac arrest victims.

Life Safety Solutions provides training and safety programs including First Aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), Emergency Epinephrine Training & Management, Safety & Security Assessments, Emergency Planning and Loss Control Services Florida and at locations throughout the United States.