Down East EMS to Offer Free CPR Training

By Jayna Smith

The life saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure is being offered, free of charge, by Down East EMS in Baileyville.  The course is currently being offered to all personnel in the Woodland school system, and soon Down East EMS will be offering it to the general community.

The course lasts approximately two hours and is based on the American Heart Association’s longstanding guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care.  Down East EMS Operations Manager Eddie Moreside explained, “We are giving back to the community by offering the CPR training, and teaching CPR within the community is an asset to us.  The quicker CPR is started, the more likely it is to get a person back—the longer they’re down, the less chance they have to live.” 

CPR can add critical minutes to a sudden cardiac arrest victim's life by pumping blood and oxygen to vital organs such as the heart, brain and lungs. The majority of all sudden cardiac arrests occur at home (75 to 80 percent) and only about 5 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. A CPR-trained person may make a positive difference in such a situation.

The normal cost of such a course is $50 per person, which includes the instructor cost, educational materials, and card, Moreside reported.  All materials and cards will be included in Down East EMS’ CPR training.  Moreside said the course will be offered once a month for free for at least the next year. 

Anyone wishing to obtain more information about Down East EMS’ free CPR training can reach Operations Manager Eddie Moreside at 427-6100.