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August 10, 2017
Free hands-only CPR offered by Murphy Fire Rescue
Classes held at Murphy Fire Station on Saturday, Aug. 19
MURPHY (August 10, 2017) For the second time this year, members of Murphy Fire Rescue will offer free hands-only CPR classes for members of the public who wish to learn the life-saving skill. The first session was held in February.
Several fully- qualified firefighter/paramedics will conduct the classes on Saturday, August 19. The classes, lasting 15 minutes, will begin at 8 a.m. and continue every 20 minutes until noon. Classes are held in the training classroom of the Murphy Fire Station, 206 North Murphy Road. Parking is available at the City Hall lots.
Fire Chief Del Albright says the classes represent a 15-minute investment of time that can mean adding years to a victim’s lifetime. “Unless you’re a medical professional or a trained first responder, an emergency at home with a cardiac arrest victim can paralyze you with fear and anxiety,” he said. “Spending just 15 minutes on a Saturday morning with our personnel can give you the skills to help you keep calm and initiate life-saving efforts.”
Classes will emphasize hands-only CPR, in which participants learn to assist victims by using rhythmic compression.
“It’s clear that the people around the person suffering a heart trauma can have a significant impact on that person’s chances of survival,” said the Chief. “In some situations, an AED is available, but most times, there isn’t anything other than your hands that can be used. After completing the class, attendees will be able to deal with a heart trauma in virtually any situation.”
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses a potentially life threatening cardiac arrest and treats the victim through defibrillation, electrical impulses which stop the heart’s irregularity, allowing the heart to reestablish a rhythm. Many businesses, schools, nursing facilities and places where people congregate have AEDs available.
Very few private homes, however, are equipped with an AED, requiring occupants to the use hands-only CPR in order to restore the heart’s rhythm. CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, chest compressions undertaken manually to stimulate the heart to restart a regular rhythm.
“In most cases, there is a small window for immediate action, before permanent damage occurs. These classes can make a difference in an individual’s life,” said Chief Albright.
The Aug. 19 classes are not designed to secure an American Heart Association Course Completion Card.