Carrollton Fire Rescue Looks to Build Up CPR Training Citywide
Carrollton Fire Rescue has a goal for every citizen to obtain a CPR course completion card and is extending a challenge to the local community: Get trained, save a life.
CFR aims to double the number of Carrollton residents who are Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED trained by the end of 2018, and continually build the program to become one of the foremost CPR trained communities in the country.
“We have big plans for this program and for the people of Carrollton,” said Ron Brennan, CFR Apparatus Operator/Public Education Coordinator. “It’s not always the most fun topic to think about, but the Department is working to equip citizens with CPR training and skills to make a difference in someone’s life. You never know when you’ll be needed in an emergency.”
The next scheduled training courses are set for Saturday, February 10, March 3, March 24, and April 14 from 9:15 a.m. to noon at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road). The sessions are $25 for Carrollton residents and $27.50 for non-residents.
Brennan encourages local businesses in particular to schedule onsite training courses with CFR to establish, what could be, a safer environment should a cardiac episode occur in the workplace. CFR instructors will travel to a place of business and provide scheduled, one-on-one training for employees.
Although bystander CPR can increase the chance of survival in cardiac arrest victims by two- to three-fold, fewer than half of victims receive it, according to the American Heart Association.
Medical experts have found that cardiac arrest is an urgent public health need, given the wide disparities in how it’s treated and the lack of trained bystanders in many communities.
“We can be a region wherein if someone experiences a cardiac event, before the professional help arrives, more than half the time, the victim will get the aid they need,” Brennan said, “but everyone has to get on board. We need true community collaboration. We need the business community, the schools, the residents, everyone, to come together and make Carrollton one of the safest places to experience a cardiac episode.”
For more information or to schedule a workplace training, call 972-466-4901. To register for the upcoming Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED courses, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.