When someone's heart stops beating due to cardiac arrest, death is imminent. Unless professional medical help is immediately available on the scene, the only way to help them is to perform cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to force air into the lungs and circulate blood through the body until medical help can arrive.
The Reno Fire Department's "CPR Saturday" Program provides CPR training to area residents so they can provide immediate help to loved ones, neighbors and others when a heart attack strikes. The four hour class, held on the third Saturday of each month, also teaches students what to do when someone's airway is blocked, and how to perform CPR on infants and children. The classes, which are limited to 16 students, also help increase understanding of heart-related illnesses and related risk factors.
The next Reno Fire Department CPR class is scheduled from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at a Reno Fire station location. Instructors are unable to accept walk-in registrations the day of the class, so those interested in participating in the Reno Fire Department's CPR Saturday program must register prior to the class by calling (775) 789-5514. There is a $25.00 fee to cover the cost of student manuals and materials payable by cash or check and due no later
than the Tuesday prior to the class date. Students will receive an American Heart Association CPR certification card valid for two years upon successful completion of the class.
About 180 area residents take the Reno Fire Department's CPR training each year.