“Don’t Miss a Beat” trains more than 300 people in hands-only CPR this month

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Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:

“Don’t Miss a Beat” trains more than 300 people in hands-only CPR this month
Anyone 12 and older can attend upcoming training classes July 14, Sept. 11

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry applauds the participation of more than 300 people in the hands-only CPR training held earlier this month at the Public Safety Academy.

On May 8, 318 people learned this life-saving skill in the hour-long, non-certified class offered through the “Don’t Miss a Beat” program. Sixteen people donated blood through the American Red Cross blood drive held concurrently with the training. The event also featured demonstrations from local public safety agencies.

“Thanks to the ‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ program, nearly a thousand residents have now been equipped to help save lives,” said Mayor Henry. “Hands-only CPR is an easy skill to learn, but with each new person trained, it becomes an ongoing gift to the community.”

In feedback from class participants, 99 percent indicated they felt better prepared to respond to an emergency and are willing to use the skills they learned in the class.

The Three Rivers CPR Task Force has taught almost 1,000 people the life-saving skill of compression-only CPR since Don’t Miss a Beat started in October 2008. This form of CPR focuses on chest compressions only, no breaths, to keep blood moving in an adult victim whose heart has stopped beating. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as research has shown the technique to be effective in helping to save lives.

“I extend my sincere appreciation to all the volunteers and sponsors who are making this no-cost training possible,” added Henry. “Through these valuable sessions and the free training kits, we’re creating second chances for those who might suffer cardiac emergencies.”

The task force is composed of representatives from the City, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, American Red Cross, Focus on Health, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network

The task force has two more public training sessions this year: July 14 at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St., and Sept. 11 at Brookside Community Church, 6102 Evard Road. The City will accept registrations closer to the event date. The classes are open to anyone ages 12 and older.

For more information about “Don’t Miss a Beat” CPR training, call (260) 427-1164 or e-mail 3rcpr@cityoffortwayne.org.

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