HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is offering a three-hour CPR and First Aid certification course to the public Friday, March 16, 2018, beginning at 3 p.m.
The class will take place at the Towns County Library, located next to the Towns County Courthouse.
EMA Director Brandon Walls, a paramedic and class instructor, tells FetchYourNews that in a critical cardiac event, acting fast and knowing what to do is the key to survival.
“Around 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest events occur every year in the U.S. Over 90 percent of potentially savable individuals experiencing an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will die or suffer irreversible damage before help can arrive,” Walls explained. “The biggest reason for this large statistic is an untrained public. No age group is unaffected by this statistic.”
“First responders encounter these events every day and see family members who simply do not know what to do in an emergency,” Walls said.
Would you like to know what to do? Would you like to help family or friends in a critical emergency situation? Would you like to help lower the statistics?
If the answer is yes, register by calling 706-809-0454 or visiting the Towns County Public Library on South Berrong Street in Hiawassee.
The cost of the course is $30, paid by cash or check. The fee covers necessary materials, as well as a certification card.
Future classes may be offered based on demand.
Towns County EMA encourages citizens to visit their Facebook page and extends appreciation to the Towns County Public Library for hosting the event.
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