Can you spare 10 minutes to learn how to save someone’s life? Learn “Hands Only - Sidewalk CPR” from Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, along with local County firefighters and lifeguards, during free “Sidewalk CPR” training on Thursday, June 7, at various times and locations throughout Los Angeles County, including two locations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center (20850 Centre Pointe Parkway) and the Westfield Valencia Town Center (24201 W. Valencia Blvd.), fire personnel will conduct free training so you can gain some lifesaving skills.
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If you’d like to learn from the county’s top firefighter, meet Fire Chief Osby at 10 a.m. at the City of Commerce Senior Center, located at 2555 Commerce Way, Commerce for a quick lesson.
Since 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, the life you save with CPR is likely to be someone you know and love. Bystander CPR, using hands only for chest compressions immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can up to triple a victim’s chance of survival yet only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Many are concerned they might do something wrong, but the only way to make things worse is to do nothing at all. Anyone can learn CPR, and everyone should.
No appointments are necessary; just show up at any convenient location at any time during the hours listed. Wait times should be minimal, if at all, as the training should only take 5 to 10 minutes of your time. For a listing of all locations and to learn now to perform hands-only CPR, visit www.fire.lacounty.gov .
L.A. County Fire is proud to partner with the American Heart Association, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services EMS Agency, to bring this lifesaving training to residents across Los Angeles County.
Founded in 1923, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is an international leader of the fire service and one of the largest emergency service agencies in the world. It is proudly credited with the creation of the nation’s first 911 emergency calling system and America’s second paramedic program, which inspired the hit 1970s television series, “Emergency!.” It is also the real-life home of the world-renowned “Baywatch” lifeguards.
Each day, more than 900 firefighters and lifeguards are on duty to provide fire protection, life safety and environmental protection services to more than four million residents and businesses in the County’s 2,300-square-mile area.
When called into action following major disasters, the Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team responds around the nation and the globe as members of California Task Force 2 or USA-2. Once back in Los Angeles County, these same elite responders can be found at work in hometown neighborhoods in 58 cities and unincorporated areas served by the Department. The organization proudly continues to be a frontrunner in firefighting technology, offering specialized training opportunities in Urban Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Air Operations and Homeland Security. Behind the scenes, more than 800 dedicated business professionals help carry out the mission.