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CPR Training Blitz This Weekend in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is offering training of hands-only CPR across the area for Save-a-Life Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is offering training of hands-only CPR across the area for Save-a-Life Saturday.

On Sept. 14, more than 25 trained leaders will teach all participating community members the skill of CPR. Though the training is useful knowledge, it is not certificate training.

The American Red Cross has set a high goal for the event and hopes that the community takes note of the multiple opportunities for the 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 than 15,000 people across our region during National Preparedness Month,” says Kobi Gillespie, Regional Preparedness & Recovery Officer for the American Red Cross in southern Missouri.

The American Red Cross has partnered 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.” says Chief David Hall, City of Springfield Fire Department.

In a press release, the American Red Cross says one quarter of Americans say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR.

During the training community members 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, the press release states.

Watch the hands-only video here.

You can learn hands-only CPR at any of the following locations on Save-a-Life Saturday, September 14, 2013:

Downtown Springfield:

Do Good Festival – Visit the Red Cross booth during the festival starting at 11:00 am
Downtown YMCA – 417 S. Jefferson Ave

City of Springfield Fire Department:

Fire Station #1 – 720 E Grand
Fire Station #2 – 608 W Commercial
Fire Station #3 – 205 N Patterson
Fire Station #4 – 2423 N Delaware
Fire Station #5 – 2750 W Kearney
Fire Station #6 – 2620 W Battlefield
Fire Station #7 – 2129 E Sunshine
Fire Station #8 – 1405 S Scenic
Fire Station #9 – 450 W Walnut Lawn
Fire Station #10 – 2245 E Galloway
Fire Station #11 – 4940 S Fremont
Fire Station #12 – 2455 S Blackman Road

Springfield Area:

Chesterfield Family Center – 2511 W. Republic Road
Doling Family Center – 301 E. Talmage
Dan Kinney Family Center – 2701 S. Blackman

City of Republic Fire Department:

Fire Station #1- 701 US Hwy 60, East Republic MO 65738
Fire Station #2 - 3425 East Sawyer Road, Brookline Station 65619

Logan Rogersville Fire Protection District:

Headquarters – 3427 S. State Hwy 125, Rogersville, MO 65742
Fire Station #6 – 211 W Center, Rogersville, MO 65742

Pleasant View Fire Protection District:

2313 E. St. Hwy. AA Springfield, Mo. 65803

Strafford Fire Protection District:

Fire Station #1 - 207 W Stan Harriman Blvd Strafford, Mo 65757

City of Nixa:

Nixa Rec Plex – 701 N. Taylor Way

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