Upson EMS Offers Free Community CPR Class

Upson EMS will offer free CPR instruction to the community on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Trainers will offer a class on Adult CPR, Child CPR, and AED Training at three different times — 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Each class will last two hours. Space is limited to 15 students per class, and registration is required.

“It’s a CPR Marathon,” said EMS Leader Richard Lee. “Folks can sign up for the class at any of the three time slots, and we are pleased to offer this education for free. Knowing CPR can prove priceless.”

According to research by the Red Cross and the American Heart Association, fewer than one-third of people who have a heart attack receive CPR from a bystander. But that response can double or triple the person’s chance of survival.

One barrier to response is likely lack of education since fewer than three percent of Americans are formally trained in first aid and CPR each year, according to the American Red Cross.

“If it’s used even once in a lifetime, it can save a life in a situation in which the prognosis for cardiac arrest is grim without any treatment whatsoever,” said Lee.

Register for free CPR instruction by calling Upson EMS at (706) 647-8111 extension 1540.