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Release Date: 06/01/2012 Release Time: 12:58 PM
Contact: Jennifer McDowell
Subject: Hands Free CPR Training
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Date: 6-1-12
Contact: Captain Jennifer McDowell
Phone: 951.237.6310

City of Riverside Fire Department to host free Hands-Only CPR training in honor of National CPR Week

Training to be held at
Downtown City Hall
Central Plaza in front of Borders Bookstore
Galleria at Tyler

Riverside, June 7, 2012. In honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association (AHA) is collaborating with the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency to coordinate County wide CPR program.Emergency healthcare providers, such as fire departments, ambulance companies, hospitals and education programs will be going out into the community to teach residents how to save a life with CPR. The City of Riverside Fire Department will join these efforts and host Hands-Only CPR training from 9:00-12:00 at three (3) locations across the city. Firefighters will be located in front of City Hall at 3900 Main St, in front of the Boarders Bookstore at 3615 Riverside Plaza Dr and inside the mall near JC Penny at the Galleria at Tyler. This service is free to the public.

CPR instructors will be on hand to demonstrate the basics and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR, and participants will have the opportunity to practice on mannequins. The training will not result in CPR certification, but information on how you can get certified will be available.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. On the other hand, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim?s chance of survival.

Anyone can learn CPR ? and the American Heart Association believes that everyone should. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not.