Wellness Collaborative and Public Safety Team Up to Offer Life-Saving CPR Classes

When Public Safety gets an emergency call from one of the less accessible parts of Big Canoe, staffers can face a sobering reminder of the importance of immediate emergency assistance.

Such was the case on a recent call reporting that a man had suffered a cardiac arrest. Public Safety sent staffers to “the top of the mountain” on a trip that took about 10 minutes, says Lt. Chip Rice.

“When we got to the scene, a friend of the family was doing good, quality CPR,” Rice recalls, “and we ended up getting him back. He later walked out of the hospital because those people who knew their CPR absolutely made a difference.”

The benefits of learning CPR cannot be understated, Rice says, which is why Public Safety is teaming up with the Wellness Collaborative to offer CPR classes at the Fire Station at:

9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12
9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17
9 a.m. Wednesday, March 22

The three-to-four-hour long class, which teaches attendees how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults, children and toddlers, costs $45 and can be charged to a Property Owner’s lot. As a way of “paying it forward” to the community, the Wellness Collaborative will reimburse participants $25 upon completion of the training and certification.

Equipping folks in Big Canoe with such CPR skills can make all the difference, Rice says.

“I have not had many cardiac arrest calls that went well when that person did not receive CPR,” Rice explains. “Their survival rate goes up dramatically when CPR is initiated quickly. This can really help to save lives.”

To register for the upcoming CPR classes, email Beth Durban at groups.bigcanoewc@gmail.com. Please provide your preferred date, your lot number, your physical/911 address, phone number and email address.

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