AMR to provide free CPR training on Wednesday

Published 12:19 am Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NATCHEZ — American Medical Response emergency medical service providers will offer free CPR training to anyone who would like it on Wednesday.

Capt. David Freeman, who is in charge of community education for AMR Southwest Mississippi, said he and other AMR staffers will be at the center court at Natchez Mall on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering the free CPR training.

The training sessions are part of a nationwide effort to more widely teach compression-only CPR.

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Bennie Boone, who is director of public relations for AMR Southwest Mississippi, said the CPR training offered on Wednesday would not lead to certification. However, Freeman said it could easily lead to saving someone’s life.

“Those doing compression-only CPR don’t have to worry about biohazards,” Freeman said. “Doing CPR on someone who is in cardiac arrest provides a much better chance of survival.”

AMR divisions around the country are using the CPR training as a way to observe National Emergency Medical Services Week.

The compression-only CPR takes less than five minutes to learn and training offered by AMR personnel Wednesday is free of charge.

Freeman invited those in businesses, schools and other community groups to take the opportunity to get trained in compression-only CPR at no cost.