September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross in your community is proud to announce Save-a-Life Saturday. On September 14th over 25 trained leaders will be providing valuable training of *hands-only CPR across the city and in the surrounding communities. *This is not certificate training “We are confident that there will be so many options for people to get this valuable training that we have set a goal to train more than15,000 people across our region during National Preparedness Month.” said Kobi Gillespie, Regional Preparedness & Recovery Officer for the American Red Cross in southern Missouri. The American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region consists of 40 counties.
We are proud to partner with the International Association of Firefighters Local 152, the Fire Department in the City of Springfield and City of Republic, as well as the Logan-Rogersville, Pleasant View, and Strafford Fire Protection Districts to offer the opportunity for community CPR education. These fire service agencies will be opening the doors of their fire stations to the community to provide education in how to perform hands-only CPR. “By working together we can empower more people to be prepared to take immediate action in an emergency situation. That action can save lives and we take saving lives very seriously.” said Chief David Hall, City of Springfield Fire Department.
One quarter of Americans say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do? During the training you will have an opportunity to view a video demonstrating the hands-only technique and work with trained leaders to practice the skills on special compression tools that will be available for use at the training location.
The purpose of the American Red Cross hands-only CPR course is to teach untrained bystanders how to perform hands-only CPR. Having more citizen bystanders trained in this simple skill can help save lives by putting more cardiac arrest victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance.
In a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 and then remember that performing hands-only CPR is better than doing nothing at all. This skill is an acceptable alternative for bystanders in a non-hospital setting.
You can learn hands-only CPR at any of the following locations on Save-a-Life Saturday, September 14, 2013:
City of Springfield Fire Department:
City of Republic Fire Department:
Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District:
Pleasant View Fire Protection District:
Strafford Fire Protection District:
City of Nixa:
Other opportunities to learn about and engage in your personal and business readiness are through the multiple preparedness apps and the Red Cross Ready Rating program. Both the program and the apps are free services to the community.