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West Fargo Fire Department now offering CPR trainings

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West Fargo Fire Department

It's part of the Cardiac Ready Community program.

West Fargo residents now have the opportunity to take part in both hands-only and certified CPR trainings from the West Fargo Fire Department.

The trainings are part of the Cardiac Ready Community program, which has many cities participating across North Dakota. Travis Olson is Community Risk Reduction Officer with the West Fargo Fire Department. He says only about 46 percent of people who suffer cardiac episodes receive the help they need before emergency response teams arrive. He says if more people learn exactly what to do, it raises those odds and makes the community safer.

"If you're at an event and notice someone go down with cardiac arrest, the more people that are at least familiar with how to do chest compressions, call 911, communicate with responders, and locate and use an AED - the better chance you have at actually saving that person's life, or at least administering some sort of life-saving actions."

Olson says the certification class is available for groups and individuals, with group rates starting at $300 for six or fewer people and $50 for individuals. The hands-only course is free, and available for large groups, schools, or workplaces. He says there isn’t really an age limit on who can take the classes. Olson says even teens and elderly residents can benefit.

Olson says participants will also learn the basics of the PulsePoint app, which is connected to 911 and alerts bystanders who can help victims before professional help arrives.

Those interested can register at www.westfargofire.org.