Early on a recent Saturday morning, residents of southeast Florida turned out to acquire skills that could help them save a life. Approximately 140 people took advantage of American Red Cross classes featuring Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training for the adult.
American Red Cross instructors trained almost 140 southeast Florida residents recently in CPR/AED skills during a “CPR Saturday” event.
The courses were offered by the Broward County and Greater Miami and the Keys Red Cross chapters to help people understand the importance of having CPR and AED skills during National CPR/AED Awareness Week. The second year for the chapters’ “CPR Saturday”, there was a 50 percent increase in participation this year.
At the Miami training, two families told the Red Cross how much they enjoyed the training and how valuable the information was. According to one family, the hands-on activities and practice sessions used during the course helped them to learn the skills needed to save a life!
"The Red Cross is pleased to provide vital programs to the South Florida community," said Hunter Ruffin, Director of Health and Safety Services for the Broward County and Greater Miami and the Keys Red Cross chapters, "From being prepared for small first aid injuries to helping save a life during a man-made or natural disaster, every family should take the time to learn emergency preparedness skills like first aid, CPR and how to use an AED," according to Ruffin.
Red Cross chapters all over the country offer this life-saving training. To find out what your local chapter offers, visit RedCross.org and enter your zip-code.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.