Hands-only CPR Training this Saturday at the Downtown Fine Arts Fair

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The Town of Danville’s Emergency Services Department is pleased to announce that the San Ramon Valley HeartSafe Community Committee will be teaching a course in the hands-only CPR technique, as well as how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) this weekend.  Teachers will be on hand Saturday, June 18 at the Danville Fine Arts Fair in downtown Danville on Hartz Avenue.

Considering the 300,000 Americans that fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest each year, learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. With this in mind, the San Ramon Valley HeartSafe Community Program challenges everyone to learn these important life saving skills.

“CPR is something everyone should learn, like riding a bike or learning to swim,” said Joe Farrell, San Ramon Valley HeartSafe Community Committee member and Sudden Cardiac Arrest survivor.  “I was fortunate to have been saved by someone who knew CPR and then a year later I was able to save someone else because I knew CPR.”

“With the new ‘Hands-Only’ CPR method, learning CPR is now easier than ever,” said Andy Swartzell, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the SRV Fire District.  “Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association teaches, if you see an adult collapse, simply call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of the patient’s chest until help arrives.”

The training in hands-only CPR training and proper use an AED will be run throughout the day 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. June 18 at the Danville Fine Arts Fair in downtown Danville.  Stop by the Heartsafe Community booth, located on School Street, and learn how have to save a life.

For more information on this weekend's event, contact Emergency Services Manager Greg Gilbert at (925) 314-3368 or ggilbert@danville.ca.gov.