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CCA to host CPR/AED class on Jan. 28

By Staff | Jan 6, 2010

Firefighter Shawn Kilgore, right, instructs Sherrill Sims as firefighter Nick Miller looks on.

The Captiva Civic Association and Captiva Island Fire Control District will be hosting a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED 9 Automated External Defibrillator) certification class on Thursday, Jan. 28.

“The cost for the entire course — the course materials, the certification card – is $20,” said Shawn Kilgore of the Captiva Island Fire Control District.

In order to pick up AED materials before the class, interested participants should sign up for the class as soon as possible.

“They can stop by the fire station and there will be a sign-up sheet at the front desk, or they can just call us,” Kilgore said.

The Captiva fire department is located at 14981 Captiva Drive. You can register by phone by calling 472-9494.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a CPR card.

According to the American Red Cross, more than 300,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. Up to 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if someone had immediately used an AED at the time of the emergency.

“It’s very important. CPR prolongs life and learning how to use an AED device saves lives. Most government buildings have AED devices now,” Kilgore said.

The class will be held at the Captiva Civic Center, 11560 Chapin Lane, at 9 a.m.