Saturday, March 13, 2010

CPR classes are available at WFRD

The pre-hospital medical care provided by the Woodstock Fire Rescue District (WFRD) and local health systems is outstanding, but they need your help! The American Heart Association states that only one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a strong majority of Americans do not even know what an automated external defibrillator (AED) is.

In Woodstock WFRD offers CPR classes for the community, businesses and healthcare providers. In each class, instructors teach when and how to perform CPR, why it is important and how to use an AED. Remember that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere. When it is your opportunity to save a life, will you be ready?

If you are interested in being prepared to help someone in their time of need, please contact the District office at (815) 338-2621 between 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Businesses interested in the District teaching CPR or first aid to their employees should contact FF/PM Jeff Lesniak at (815)338-1189 or by email for information.

Shortly, there will be an enrollment form on the District's website ( in regard to the Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788), which provides a system for emergency agencies to receive alerts regarding the presence of individuals with special needs, should an emergency occur at their residence.

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