The Evanston Fire Department is offering CPR — cardiopulmonary resuscitation — classes authorized by the American Heart Association.

The Health Care Provider course will be offered to health care professionals and the Heart Saver course will be offered to the general public.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says Evanston firefighter/paramedics responded to nearly 5000 emergency medical service calls last year with an average response time of less than four minutes. However, citizens can make a difference in the outcome of patients who suffer cardiac arrest by starting CPR before the ambulance arrives.

“The early initiation of quality CPR has proven to increase the survival rate of those who suffer a cardiac arrest. Combining CPR with early defibrillation and advanced life support has proven to save lives”, Chief Klaiber said.

The first class will be held at 6 p.m. June 22 at Fire Department Headquarters, 909 Lake St. Classes will be offered monthly thereafter.

The training fee for Evanston residents is $20. For non-residents working in Evanston the fee is $25, and for all others it’s $30.

Registration is available on line at www.cityofevanston.org/cpr or by calling the CPR Hotline at 847-866-5922 or 311. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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