2008-01-11 / Community

Red Cross Sets February Safety,Preparedness Classes

The Queens Red Cross has scheduled a number of courses in February that include full day programs that teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to administer to adults, children and infants to help save a life. Some sessions also include an AED (automated external defibrillator) component. Classes at ARC/GNY - Queens are held at 138-02 Queens Boulevard in Briarwood.

The importance of CPR and AEDs recently received attention in Washington, where the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Representative John R. "Randy" Kuhl, Jr. (R-Hammondsport, New York's 29th Congressional District) to support the designation of the first week in June as National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Week.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans," said Representative Eliot Engel, who co-sponsored the measure. "For someone suffering a heart attack, it is essential that help be immediate and effective. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators can significantly cut the mortality rate of heart attacks. They also can minimize the brain damage caused by heart attacks. We can save countless lives by training the public in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator programs. The more people who are trained, the more lives we can save."

The measure also was co-sponsored by Representative Maurice Hinchey. A companion measure also passed in the U.S. Senate.

"It is critical that all of us know what to do during an emergency to help our families, friends and neighbors," said Representative Hinchey. "A key component of being prepared for emergency situations is to know how to help people who are suffering from breathing and cardiac difficulties. Classes provided by the Red Cross teach individuals how to correctly and effectively respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies using CPR and AED skills. I hope that everyone will consider taking advantage of the upcoming training opportunities, which can literally help to save a life in the future."

Upcoming scheduled Red Cross CPR/AED - Adult sessions held at ARC/GNY - Queens include: Tuesday, February 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost $65. Wednesday, February 20, 5 - 10 p.m. Cost $65. Wednesday, February 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost $65.

Other scheduled CPR/AED classes teach applications for infants and children, and sessions also are available for professional rescuers. Red Cross class dates and times are subject to change. For more information about these and other Red Cross classes, call 718-558-0053, or visit www.nyredcross. org.

The American Red Cross in Greater New York is a key humanitarian partner and a vital participant in New York's plans and programs to help the nine million people in New York City and Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. ARC/GNY provides immediate aid to more than 100,000 people affected by 3,000 emergencies a year, including fires, floods, building collapses and blackouts. Given the uncertainties of today's world, the chapter is accelerating its collaboration with partner agencies to develop and implement readiness plans to respond to major natural and man-made disasters. The chapter also helps New York residents and businesses prepare for emergencies by offering hundreds of courses in first aid, CPR and aquatics and free emergency preparedness training programs and resources.

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