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TFD offering CPR and AED training classes

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TFD offering CPR and AED training classes

CREATED Feb 21, 2012

Reporter: Kimberly Romo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Save a Life Foundation, a non-profit that's part of the Tucson Fire Department, is trying to get the word out about a program that could give you the skills to make you a hero in an emergency.  
Firefighters are available to teach groups of people how to do CPR, and use an AED, an automated external defibrillator.  An AED recognizes when a cardiac arrest victim should be shocked, and gives step-by-step directions on how to help someone in cardiac arrest.  They cost about $1,300 each.
Training through the Save a Life Foundation costs $10 a person, with 20% going to an AED fund. The folks at Most Holy Trinity Parish recently went through the program, and were able to purchase an AED with some additional fundraising.  Jackie White says it gives parishoners peace-of-mind, "Please look in to doing it.  It's very easy to get trained, and the use of the AED is very easy.  It walks you through it so even if you have no background in medicine, don't be afraid of it.  It's a great program."
TFD Captain Andy Trujillo hopes that more organizations will take part in the program, "It's not just for the church.  This is a wonderful setting for the classroom, because the facilities are available, but any group - anybody who would be interested in trying to develop something similar to this, give us a call and we'd be happy to work with you on it."
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