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DC EMT to offer lifesaving CPR course to DC residents

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In January of 1976, while many college students headed for the slopes to go skiing, a group of students at Northeastern Oklahoma State University were offered the opportunity to attend a minimester course in CPR. Today, nearly 40 years later, the course in first aid and CPR is still valuable. District of Columbia residents will have an opportunity to take a course like the CPR class that was offered at Northeastern Oklahoma State University in 1976.

The District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Training Academy will be sponsoring free Heartsavers/CPR/AED training under the guidelines of the American Heart Association. The training will take place at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, being held Saturday and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“This training empowers people so they can act when they see someone who has stopped breathing. The life you save could be that of a friend, neighbor or family member,” said Paul Quander, the District’s Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.

The Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Two training sessions will be held daily, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each class, which includes training to be able to assist both adult and child victims, is limited to 50 participants. No reservations are being taken, and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

No one under 16 years old will be admitted to the training, and parental consent is needed for participants 16 and 17 years of age. All participants must bring some form of identification.

The approximately three-hour sessions will be held at Room 156 of the Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. It is within walking distance of the Metro’s Green/Yellow Lines (Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St/Convention Center station) and Red Line (Gallery Place/Chinatown station).

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