Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Attention all Citizens, it's FREE CPR time!

Photo courtesy of Channel 6 News, Tulsa, OK
One of the best things about working here at the American Red Cross is that you’re required to attend certain trainings so that you learn more about what your employer does and also so that you’re “Red Cross Ready.”  But when I didn’t work here, finding the time to attend trainings was often daunting, and when re-certification time came around and I still hadn’t used my skills I often wondered… is it worth it? Well I now have that answer…  YES!!
As I’m sure you heard in the news, on January 8th of this year, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and wounded.  Luckily, her intern had learned basic life saving skills at his high school so he knew just what to do after the Congresswoman was injured.  
“Congresswoman Giffords is alive today in part because a heroic individual was trained in basic first aid skills,” said Pia Carusone, the
congresswoman’s chief of staff.

Representative Gabrielle Giffords
Photo courtesy of RCSL NPRC blog

And that is just one of hundreds of stories in which having basic first-aid skills has saved a life.  So, ask yourself this, if you saw someone get injured, collapse or have a heart attack, would you know what to do?
In honor of Red Cross Month and Congresswoman Giffords, the Greater Buffalo Chapter will be offering two free, one-hour Citizens CPR training programs on Thursday, March 31st from 6-8pm here at the Chapter at 786 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo.

Photo courtesy of AEDtalk.com
Citizens CPR is a Hands-Only CPR that doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth breathing, and we recommend it for anyone that doesn’t need CPR certification.  It will not only give you the skills to be prepared to assist in an emergency situation but it will also give you the confidence to perform the skills if you ever need to.  
Normally $10.00, this training is being offered for free as part of a nation-wide initiative to train 5 million people in Citizens CPR over the next year to get our communities better prepared, so be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!! Space is limited, so be sure to register today by calling 716.878.2387.

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