News Release: Celebration of 5,000 CPR/AED Trainings Heart Safe Plymouth

Free CPR/AED training by The Rotary Club of Plymouth
Anybody interested in being trained in Bystander CPR and AED use is encouraged to attend. Learn how to save the life of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victim.
The one-hour training sessions are open to teenagers and adults who are interested in learning to help save lives. Participants can learn hands-only CPR, which teaches chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths, as well as the use of an AED.
An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a portable electronic device that automatically detects disturbances in the rhythm of a heartbeat and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
 
If you are called on to give CPR and AED in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.   
 
Heart Safe Plymouth Background
The City of Plymouth was designated a Heart Safe Community in 2013 by the American Heart Association. The program recognizes efforts by individual communities to improve their system for preventing deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.
 
Rotary Club of Plymouth began holding free CPR and AED training sessions in 2012 and has helped train more than 5,000 Plymouth residents and businesspeople. Sponsors include Heart Safe communities through AHA, Minnesota Department of Health and Allina Health.
 
Businesses groups and organizations can obtain more information or schedule a free training. For more information, email heartsafeplymouth@gmail.com, call CPR/AED Instructor Norm Okerstrom at 763-238-8443 or visit rotaryplymouth.org.
 
Upcoming trainings are on:
Plymouth Public Safety Building.  To register, visit heartsafeplymouth.eventbrite.com. Space is limited to 30 participants per training session.
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 PM
 
Plymouth Dunkirk Fire Station III.   To register, visit heartsafeplymouthfire.eventbrite.com. Space is limited to 50 participants per training session.
Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 AM
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Plymouth, chartered in 1978, meets for breakfast at 7:00 A.M. Fridays (first four) at the Crowne Plaza 3131 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN.  Rotary is In 201 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians follow the theme "Service Above Self."   www.rotaryplymouth.org
 
Peter Bartling bartlingpeter@yahoo.com will send descriptions of our event for news articles.
 
Heart Safe Plymouth
Plymouth Rotary Club