Stillwater News Press

July 11, 2013

LifeNet's CPR class fills up quickly

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater residents have an opportunity to take potentially life-saving training with classes held the first Saturday of every month.

LifeNet, Inc. is offering CPR and first aid training at the Stillwater Community Center with classes beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 3:30 p.m.

LifeNet Operations Manager Michael Authement said the goal is to increase survival rates for anyone in cardiac arrest. The idea came from the northwest part of the country.

“Seattle has a program where, before you graduate high school, you have to take their CPR class,” Authement said. “In order to get a driver’s license, you have to learn CPR. Seattle has the highest survival rate of cardiac arrest in the nation.”

Authement said it was important that these classes be provided free. Anyone from a 6-year-old to a person in their 90s can learn CPR, he said.

Basics are explained in the course including the effects of cardiac arrest, how to perform chest compressions and rescue breathing, along with using a defibrillator.

Capacity for each class is 20 participants.

“We’ve had anywhere from 10 students to 20,” Authement said. “Right now, our schedule is full. The July class is full, the August class is full and we’re starting to schedule for September.”

However, those wishing to take part may call 405-707-0007 to schedule for the next class or be placed on a waiting list should anyone from an earlier class drop out.