Project offers free CPR training

A program significant in saving lives is again being offered free to the public.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services has teamed up again with Silver Star Rotary to present Project Save A Life CPR Day Feb. 16 at Fulton Secondary.

“We had six lives saved last year through first medical response and in each case a relative or friend started CPR before we got there,” said Vernon deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood. “It’s important to get this training out there.

“What you really get is the exposure to the protocol you can utilize in an emergency situation and apply it to try and prevent a heart attack situation.“It’ll give you enough knowledge that you can use CPR immediately. Some CPR is better than none.”

Classes are two hours in length and include an hour of lecture and an hour of hands-on training. The classes will run on the hour starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A free pancake breakfast served by the Rotarians  kicks things off at 8 a.m. For Silver Star Rotary, it’s the 25th year they’ve been involved with the project.

“Each year we train 300 to 1,000 people in CPR,” said Mike Poznanski, Silver Star Rotary’s director of the CPR program, who estimates between 13,000 and 14,000 people have been trained in CPR.

“This is a free event offered to the public through Rotary and volunteers with Vernon Fire Rescue Services.

The program is open to all ages.

“We’re quite sure that parents can determine if their child will get something out of it,” said Skolrood.

“In some of these live-saving cases, it was a child delivering the CPR.”

People who have taken the program before are welcome to attend.

“Taking the training as a refresher is a good idea,” said Skolrood. “We as a fire department retrain or recertify regularly.”

Sign up for Project Save A Life CPR Day: at the Village Green Centre Friday, from 4-9 p.m., or Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; online at; or by calling 1-888-CPR-LUNG.



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