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Responsibility: Rockford Fire expanding CPR bystander program

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Responsibility: Rockford Fire expanding CPR bystander program

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — The Rockford Fire Department wants to make sure we save a life if faced with that emergency.

The department wants to expand its CPR Bystander program. That means going places and teaching the simple, hands-only technique. The department hopes to partner with neighborhood and business groups to get paramedics to meetings and teach others the life-saving technique. Paramedics may also offer courses at local fire stations.

“If we can improve survivability that’s what we’re all about and making a difference in people’s lives. Early CPR, early defibrillation, that’s what really make the difference in a cardiac arrest incident so we want to make sure everyone has the tools they need to make a difference in someone’s life,” Division Chief Matt Knott said.

Any organizations wanting to host one of those classes can contact the Rockford Fire Department at 779-348-7171.

News Source: http://www.wifr.com/content/news/Rockford-Fire-expanding-CPR-bystander-program-415991743.html