September 7, 2013

Elmwood Park Fire Department offers free CPR class

From: Elm Leaves - Elmwood Park, IL

 When a person needs to be resuscitated, quick action could be the difference between life and death.

That’s why firefighters/paramedics at Elmwood Park Fire Department who are certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation take time out to teach a four-hour CPR course through the American Heart Association. On Saturday morning, Elmwood Park Firefighters Kevin Ferraro and Corey Leber taught the class at Elmwood Park Library.

“It went well,” Ferraro said. “It went very well. It was a good sized class.”

In all, 23 people showed up to become certified. Ferraro said many communities and organizations charge to attend a CPR class to become certified, but theirs is free. “We give the free class because it’s something everyone should know and do,” he said.

“When someone is on the ground and doesn’t have a pulse anything you can do will be better than just standing there. So we teach them not to be afraid give CPR,” he said. “A lot of 911 dispatchers will talk them through it and teach them how to perform CPR.”

He said the way CPR is performed on a person has changed from pumping the chest five times and breathing into the person’s mouth.

“Now it’s 30 pumps on the chest and two breaths,” he said. “You do that five times within a two minute span.”

The group was also taught the proper way to perform CPR on small children as well.

He said about half of the people there were attending to become certified because they had to for their job; others were because they just wanted to learn.

“Some were nurses and CNAs (Certified Nurse’s Assistant) who had to have one,” he said. “We got a lot of questions and we answered them all and when they leave they are pretty confident.”

They plan to have their next class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Elmwood Park Library.

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