Free Family and Friends CPR Class

The Centre Region’s cardiac arrest survival rate continues to climb, according to Centre LifeLink’s annual CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) Report. 44% of cardiac arrest victims in the Centre Region are walking out of the hospital in good or moderate health. Compared to a national average of 30%, this is an accomplishment, but Centre LifeLink’s Training and Education Department urges our community to get this number higher.

In one year alone, 436,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest (American Heart Association). That number is more than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto-accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires, combined. One way to improve this number is by increasing community education and awareness on bystander AED use, and bystander CPR. If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival from cardiac arrest.

Centre LifeLink EMS will be offering a FREE Family and Friends CPR class this month. The class is open to the community and will be held during National EMS Week, on May 21st at 7 pm at Centre LifeLink’s Main Station. Community members are asked to register online in advance at If you have any questions, please email Centre LifeLink’s Training and Education Director, Scott Packer at

Note that this CPR class does not yield a professional certification.

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