CAMP ZAMA, Japan (April 24, 2013) -- The first collaborative cardiopulmonary resuscitation training class between Soldiers assigned to Medical Department Activity-Japan and the 88th Military Police Detachment here was held April 18.

The CPR training was provided to the military police officers -- often the first responders to an accident or crime scene -- in the event they need to apply lifesaving skills in the event of an emergency, said Sgt. Arjim Auto, a CPR trainer assigned to MEDDAC-J. The training certifies them in the technique and better prepares them to administer necessary aid, he said.

The class consisted of adult, child and infant CPR training. The skills learned in the class are important because knowing when to administer CPR to a person who requires it equates to an average 7 percent survival rate, Auto said.

"Seven percent is still better than zero [percent]," Auto said.

When a person's heart stops beating and when they stop breathing, beginning CPR immediately is vital in helping to resuscitate a patient, Auto said.

Any time a 911 call occurs on Camp Zama, military police respond to the scene. Auto said the goal of the collaboration between MEDDAC-J and the 88th MPs is to have all of the installation's military police trained and certified, and able to assist and apply any lifesaving measures to any person who requires it during an emergency.

The collaboration was a natural one since MPs and military medical personnel often work side by side, said Staff Sgt. Daniel Mendez, an MP who participated in the training.

"[Military police] being first responders," Mendez said, "hopefully the CPR training will help ease the job until medics arrive on the scene."