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Save a life with CPR

20-minute CPR classes offered at local fire stations

The Sonoma Valley Fire District will be hosting a free “hands-only” CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class on Thursday, May 19, from 4–6 p.m., at the Sonoma Valley Fire Headquarters Station, 630 Second St. West. The district will also host a class on Friday, May 20, 2–4 p.m., at the Glen Ellen fire station, 13445 Arnold Dr.

The instruction takes 10–20 minutes and is open to anyone who would like to attend. The class is an awareness level course and doesn’t involve any certifications or prerequisites.

Since the implementation of hands-only CPR and other modifications to how CPR is performed, both inside and outside of the hospital setting, there has been a dramatic increase in out-of-hospital survival from cardiac arrest. Since hands-only CPR doesn’t require you to place your mouth on the victim’s mouth to breath for them, first responders have seen an increase in the number of people willing to perform the procedure on someone they don’t know. Hands-only CPR is easy to learn, easy to perform, and has been proven to make a dramatic increase in the survival of victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

The fire district encourages everyone of all ages to take 20 minutes out of their day and visit a station for the quick and informative class. In 10 to 20 minutes, you can learn a skill that may save someone’s life.