Free lifesaving certification classes for residents, business owners
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May 01, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek's "Super CPR Saturday" returns May 11 with free, basic lifesaving classes for residents and business owners in how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator.
The classes, part of the city's Heart Ready program, are taught by Johns Creek firefighters/paramedics at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. at Fire Station No. 62, 10925 Rogers Circle, next to Shakerag Elementary School.
These certification classes (based on the American Heart Association's "Heartsaver") are most appropriate for people 12 and older.
Statistics show that bystander-initiated CPR increases heart attack survival rates. In Johns Creek, the survival rate was 50 percent in 2012. The national average is 32 percent.
"That 50 percent speaks to our community outreach," said Chris Coons, Johns Creek Fire Department training chief. "More and more people are participating in these classes and learning CPR. They're helping save lives."
In 2012, more than 200 people participated in the CPR classes in Johns Creek.