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April 8, 2005

Sign Up for Community CPR Class Before May 6

People who have never taken CPR can learn how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults at a free class Saturday, May 21, at the Scriba Fire Department on state Route 104.

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.

The class is free for people who want to learn CPR and who don’t require certification. There is a $15 fee for people who want basic lifesaving (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association.

“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 deadline to register is May 6. Seating is limited. To register, contact Driesen at the Oswego County Health Department, weekdays, at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

EMSAC is holding the class during National EMS Week, which is May 15 to 21. Oswego County’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council includes representatives of the hospitals and ambulance companies in Oswego County.

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