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Firefighters restart CPR class program

Several years ago the community of Sunnyside could take advantage of CPR/first aid classes provided by the Sunnyside Fire Department.

"That program ended, but we are starting it back up," said Firefighter Ryan Savage.

He said the first of the classes to be held this year is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m. The classes, said Savage, will be held at the Sunnyside Fire Station.

Five firefighter/EMTs and paramedics will be teaching community members basic CPR/first aid for adults, children and infants.

The classes are available to any community member wishing to learn skills that could potentially save a life.

The cost of the class, said Savage, is $25 per person and participants will have the opportunity to earn a basic CPR/first aid card from the American Heart Association.

The fire department has brand new mannequins on which the lifesaving skills will be taught to participants.

Savage said there is a limit of 10 participants per class and pre-registration is preferred.

"If there is a large enough response, we may make more classes available. But, for now, there is one class each month," he said.

To pre-register for the CPR/first aid class, call the fire department at 837-3999 or stop by the fire station.

"We see, when we respond to calls, a need in the community for knowledge of CPR and first aid skills...we want to help community members learn these techniques because they can make a big difference," Savage said.

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