New Philadelphia firefighters and the Community Health and Wellness nurses at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital share a simple, yet potentially life-saving goal.
They want everyone in the community to know the basics of CPR and be able to respond in an emergency.
So they have teamed up to host free instructional sessions two days a week at the New Philadelphia Fire Department that are now under way. The "Hands Only CPR" training sessions are scheduled Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m., and participants can stop in anytime during those hours that are convenient.
It takes only about 10 minutes to learn the basics of CPR, said New Philadelphia Fire Chief Jim Parrish.
"We want as many people in our community as possible to be able to perform the basic skills of CPR," Parrish said. "It can be a matter of life and death to assist a person until paramedics or other first responders arrive."
Carol Price, the hospital’s Manager of Employee Health and Community Health and Wellness, said the Hands Only CPR sessions may not provide for official certification for participants, but the basic skills they gain are extremely valuable.
"We are very thankful that New Philadelphia firefighters are providing their time and space at the fire station to help reach the community with basic CPR," Price said. "This is designed to be presented to anyone who wants to know more about CPR and the basics of how to respond if necessary in a friendly learning environment."
For questions or more details, contact the New Philadelphia Fire Department at 330-343-4432 or the Community Relations Department at Union Hospital at 330-308-3599.