RED OAK ó The Red Oak Fire Department is offering three CPR classes to provide the public with the tools and knowledge to help save a life during an emergency. The classes are offered on the second Saturday of each month at the Red Oak Fire Department or by appointment.

The first class teaches people how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants. It also teaches people how to use an automated external defibrillator or AED. Defibrillators are becoming more and more commonplace located in public spaces of offices, factories, municipal buildings and schools.

Driver Engineer Adam Hubbard said technology has improved to make defibrillators user friendly. These machines provide voice instructions to the operator such as telling them where they need to place the electrode pads. The second class teaches basics of CPR and how to operate a defibrillator but goes into teaching students first aid.† Information that will be covered in the first aid portion of the class includes such topic as how to help someone administer an epinephrine pen if they are suffering from an elegiac reaction, how to stop bleeding and what to do if someone might be suffering from a heart attack or stroke.

Hubbard said the most critical step that a person can take in providing assistance is to first call 9-1-1 and get emergency responders on their way to your location. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can keep a personís blood pumping and oxygen in their system until paramedics and emergency medical technicians arrive.

The third class offered by the department is geared towards people who are in the medical profession such as doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTís. The class allows medical professionals to refresh their skills and emphasizes working together as a team during an emergency.

Hubbard said classes can be held at the department central fire station or can be taken out to a business. If the classes are taught at a business the only things that are needed is a DVD player and classroom space.† The two basic classes start at 8 a.m. and the healthcare provider class is at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the central fire station training room.

The Red Oak Fire Department central fire station is located at 547 N. Methodist St. in Red Oak. Prices for each class very on class size and be enquired by contacting the fire department at 469-218-7713 or going online at www.redoakfirerescue.com.

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