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Holtville’s City Manager, Alex Meyerhoff takes part in Side-Walk CPR Training being held at Holtville’s 7-11

In honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is collaborating with the Imperial County Emergency Medical Service Agency to coordinate County wide CPR program. Emergency healthcare providers, such as fire departments, ambulance companies, hospitals and education programs will be going out into the community to teach residents how to save a life with CPR.

This service is free to the public and is being held at the 7-11 on the corner of 5th and Pine here in Holtville.

The Holtville Fire Department has joined this effort and is hosting the free Hands-Only CPR Training. The Training is being conducted today and started at 10:00a.m. and will continue until 3:00p.m. this afternoon. The training will not result in CPR certification, but information on how you can get certified is available.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. On the other hand, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chances of survival.

Anyone can learn CPR – and the American Heart Association believes that everyone should. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer C PR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.

By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not.

Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency. Sidewalk CPR training is going on right now at the 7-11 and is free.

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