Carrollton Fire Rescue Challenges Citizens to Get Trained in CPR/AED and First Aid
Carrollton Fire Rescue has a goal for as many citizens as possible to obtain a CPR/AED and First Aid 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 and First Aid 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, AED, and First Aid training and skills to make a difference in someone’s life. You never know when you’ll be needed in an emergency.”
This summer, CPR/AED & First Aid classes will be held the first Saturday of each month through August (May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4) from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road). The sessions are $40 for both Carrollton residents and non-residents.
Shorter CPR/AED classes will also be held the second Saturday of each month through August (May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11) from 9:15 a.m. to noon at Crosby Recreation Center. These sessions are $25 for both Carrollton residents and 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.
Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Almost 90 percent of those victims die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
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 professional help arrives, more than half the time, the victim will get the aid they need,” Brennan said. “Everyone has to get on board to make this happen, though. 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.”
The Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED Student Workbook will be available for purchase for $5 (cash only) at the beginning of each class.
For more information or to schedule a workplace training, call 972-466-4901. To register for the upcoming Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED & First Aid courses, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow under the Education section.