OAKHURST- Over 30 mountain area residents gathered on Aug. 22 at Sierra Ambulance in Oakhurst for their free CPR class.
Ed Guzman, Manager of Sierra Ambulance, had recently done a presentation at an Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club meeting where the idea was generated, and the response was huge.
If you have never had a CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) class or it has been some time since you’ve had instruction, this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
Methods have changed over the years and a refresher is always a good idea.
Sierra Ambulance employees Bill and Gina Hartley and Tom Williams demonstrated and had participants practice the most current recommended techniques for CPR for all ages, including infants.
Participants then watched and listened as Bill explained, did a demonstration, and had us practice how to do the Heimlich maneuver to help anyone who is choking.
Bill and Tom also demonstrated how to use an AED device (Automated External Defibrillator). These devices are frequently found in public places and knowing how to use them could save a life.
To quote our Lions Club member Judi Hussain, “Don’t miss an opportunity to help someone if you see the need. If they’re not breathing, your efforts may save a life.”
As Bill told us, if a person is not breathing, they are going to die. Your efforts can save them, so don’t be afraid of hurting them. Proper training vastly improves your chances of success.
To thank and support Sierra Ambulance, the Oakhurst Mountain Lions presented them with a donation of $500 and they are on our list of recipients for our future fundraising efforts.
Sierra Ambulance provides this free class throughout our mountain communities. To schedule a class for your organization or school, or to check their schedule of classes call Bill at 559-658-1052.