The Red Cross and Tiffin Fire and Rescue Division are to offer CPR classes this month and next.
Todd James, Executive Director of the Hancock County Red Cross, said the organization's classes, which are held at the Seneca County Red Cross Office at the Tiffin Mall, cover topics including CPR and first aid. The next class, scheduled for Sept. 22, is a CPR/AED course for professional rescuers and health care providers.
"At the Red Cross, part of our mission is to prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies," he said. "A real good way ... is to be trained in CPR and first aid."
James said the Red Cross recommends at least one person in each family be trained in CPR and first aid.
"You never know when you need it," he said.
During its CPR and first aid courses, the Red Cross teaches participants how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator. It also teaches them what to do if someone is choking and how to prevent and respond to other
emergencies until advanced medical help arrives, according to a press release. Participants learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses.
In October, Tiffin Fire and Rescue Division are to offer a free CPR/AED class for all Tiffin residents.
The class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the downtown fire station training room, 53 S. Monroe St.
The class is not a health care provider course, but is geared toward the public to provide residents with the knowledge and skills needed to help save someone's live in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest.
"Early CPR increases the chance of survival" said Tiffin paramedic Mike Longanbach.
Participants of all ages are invited to attend, and those who complete and pass the class will be issued an American Heart Heartsaver CPR/AED card that is valid for two years.
Longanbach said CPR is a vital skill nearly all ages can perform.
"There's been cases where kids doing CPR has saved lives," he said.
To register for the Red Cross CPR/AED course for professional rescuers and health care providers, or for more information on other classes, visit www.redcross.org/training or call 1 (800) RED CROSS.
To sign up for Tiffin Fire and Rescue's free CPR/AED course, call (419) 448-5444. Anyone with special needs wanting to attend the class is asked to notify the fire department so accommodations can be made.