Residents urged to participate in mass CPR training

On Saturday, mass CPR training will take place at Clarence Fulton Secondary School at 9, 10 and 11 a.m

Greater Vernon residents can help save a life.

On Saturday, mass CPR training will take place at Clarence Fulton Secondary School at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Pre-registration is not necessary.

“Each training session includes one hour of lecture and one hour of hands-on training,” said Lawrie Skolrood, a deputy fire chief.

“This two-hour class is a very small investment that could make a big difference in your life and possibly in that of someone you love.”

In 2016, about 44,000 Canadians will die from heart attacks. Seventy per cent of these heart attacks will happen at home, and the average person could wait up to four hours before seeking help.

“This need for change has been the motivation for Silver Star Rotary to make it possible for thousands of people to learn CPR through their mass CPR training program,” said Skolrood.

“From its beginning in 1989, the mass CPR program has been making an undeniably significant contribution towards keeping our community safe. Partnered with Vernon Fire Rescue Services, which now delivers the training, the program continues to be popular and well attended by people wanting to protect themselves against this notorious killer of Canadians.”

Mass CPR training educates the general public in basic emergency CPR protocols that can be applied immediately in the case of heart attack. Statistics demonstrate that the earlier CPR is started on a patient, the higher the probability of success. When more people are capable of performing CPR, the chances of it being applied early when it is most needed increases substantially.

“Promise yourself that you will make healthier choices regarding your lifestyle and come join us Saturday to learn emergency CPR. Someday, you might save the life of someone you love,” said Skolrood.

Breakfast will be supplied by the Silver Star Rotary Club from 8 to 9 a.m.

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