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Get Free CPR Training in Barrington

The Barrington Fire Department is offering free CPR training as part of the criteria for the town being considered a Heartsafe community.

Barrington is now a Heartsafe community.
Barrington is now a Heartsafe community.

Learn CPR for free from the Barrington Fire Department.

The fire company is offering the training as part of the criteria for being a “Heartsafe” community, said EMT Director Scott Carroll.

“The Heartsafe communities is a program designed to promote survival from sudden out of hospital cardiac arrest,” he said. “It is a general concept focused on strengthening the “chain of survival” established by the American Heart Association. It recognizes communities to improve their system for preventing sudden cardiac arrest from becoming irreversible death.”

Three levels of CPR training are available:

CPR for “Family and Friends”

This course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult hands-only CPR, child CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using AHA practices.  The course is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.

“Heartsaver” CPR AED.  

A classroom-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult.   This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

“BLS” for Healthcare Providers.

The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  The course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

The fire department will be providing CPR for Family and Friends on Dec. 5 at 6:15 PM free of charge to the first 30 residents who apply, Carroll said.  Additional courses will be scheduled for overflow and courses for CPR Heatsaver and CPR for Healthcare providers.

To enroll or for additional information, contact Carroll or Firefighter David Paull at 401-437-3940 or scarroll@barrington.ri.gov.

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