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April 21, 2004

EMS Council Sponsors Community CPR Class

People who have never taken CPR can learn how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults at a free class Saturday, May 22, at the Oswego County Joint News Center building, County Airport, Volney.

The class is sponsored by the Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) in conjunction with the county health department's EMS program. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

"CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while professional help is on the way," said Randi Driesen, Oswego County EMS coordinator. "If the right kind of treatment can be given to a heart attack victim within seconds after they are stricken, the chances are good that the person's life can be saved."

The class will follow the curriculum of the American Heart Association. It is not a CPR certification class for health care providers.

EMSAC is holding the class during National EMS Week, which is May 16 through 22. Oswego County's Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council includes representatives of the hospitals and ambulance companies in Oswego County.

To register for the community CPR class, contact Driesen at the Oswego County Health Department, weekdays, at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

As part of EMS Week, the Northern Oswego County Ambulance corps (NOCA) will hold an open house May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ringgold Fire Station in Pulaski. NOCA, the Oswego County Search and Rescue Team, and other emergency responders will have equipment on display. The public is invited to stop by.

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