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Carrollton Fire Rescue Offers CPR/AED and First Aid Classes to Train Citizens to Save a Life

Post Date:12/10/2018 2:30 PM
Spring 2019 CPR Classes Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) has a goal for as many citizens as possible to be trained in CPR and is extending a challenge to the local community: get trained, save a life.

This spring, CPR/AED classes will be held the first and third Saturdays of each month through April at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road). 

Classes on the first Saturday of each month (January 5, February 2, March 2, and April 6) from 9:15-11 a.m. are designed for those who do not need a nationally accredited course completion card. The main focus of the class is on adult CPR and AED, but choking and infant CPR are also covered. Participants receive a course completion card from Carrollton Fire Rescue. The cost is $20 for both Carrollton residents and non-residents. 

Heartsaver CPR/AED Classes on the third Saturday of each month (January 19, February 16, March 16, and April 20) from 9:15-12:15 p.m. are recommended for those needing a nationally recognized course completion card required by an employer. The curriculum includes CPR/AED and choking for adults, children, and infants. Participants receive an American Heart Association completion card. This class is not for healthcare providers who need a Basic Life Support (BLS) or Healthcare Provider card. The cost is $50 for both Carrollton residents and non-residents.  

Basic First Aid classes will be offered on the third Saturday of each month from 12:15-3:15 p.m. at Crosby Recreation Center. These classes are $15 for both Carrollton residents and non-residents. Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what to do in cases of breathing difficulty, cuts, broken bones, diabetic problems, seizures, and other medical emergencies. 

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 drastically increase a person’s chance of survival. 

Without bystander CPR, a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent every minute, according to the American Heart Association. Bystander CPR (and early AED use when available) is the only way to increase the chance of survival, which is CFR’s ultimate goal for the trainings they offer. 

“Through these classes, we’re working to equip citizens with the knowledge needed to make a difference in someone’s life and to make Carrollton one of the safest places to experience a cardiac episode,” Battalion Chief Brian Dickerson said. “By taking just a few hours to get trained, you can be prepared to help save a life when every second counts.”

CFR encourages local businesses, churches, homeowners associations, and other groups to schedule on-site training courses to establish what could be a safer environment should a cardiac episode occur. CFR instructors will travel to your location and provide scheduled, one-on-one training. 

For more information or to schedule a training, call 972-466-4901. To register for upcoming Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED and First Aid courses, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow under the Education section.
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