RICHMOND, Va. — In an unprecedented show of regional cooperation, the Central Virginia CPR Council (CVCPRC) is offering the largest CPR training event the region has ever seen. For three days in June, known as the Great Days of CPR, free Hands-Only cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes will be offered to anyone who wishes to attend. These 30-minute, non-certification classes will teach the basics of this invaluable lifesaving skill and will be held at the following locations:
Friday, June 15 – The ROC Church – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 – The Diamond – Starting at 5 p.m.
Monday, June 18 – John Marshall High School – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
“Our goal is to train 3,000 – 5,000 people in Hands-Only CPR over three days,” said Shannon Daniel, chair of the Central Virginia CPR Council and QA/QI manager - operations for the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “Richmond Ambulance Authority has offered free CPR classes for years as have many other organizations in our area, and we have now joined forces as the Central Virginia CPR Council to encourage all members of our community to learn this important lifesaving skill. Sudden cardiac arrest happens to people of all ages and most often in the home. Imagine your parent, grandparent, child or friend collapsing in cardiac arrest. Fast and effective CPR can double or triple the chance of survival in situations like this.”
The American Heart Association’s national Hands-Only CPR Tour, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will come to Richmond during the Great Days of CPR to partner with the Central Virginia CPR Council on this tremendously important project. The American Heart Association will kick off its three-year, national CPR tour in New York City in early June, and their mobile CPR unit will be in Richmond for all three Great Days of CPR events. As part of the AHA national Hands-Only CPR Tour, Anthem has donated 1,000 CPR kits that will be given to people who complete training during the Great Days of CPR.
“We are excited to help ignite a grassroots training effort by providing kits to citizens who learn CPR at these classes and are then willing to go out and teach others this important lifesaving skill,” said Jay Schukman, M.D., chief medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “While supplies last, people who complete the CPR training at the ROC and John Marshall High School events, and sign a pledge that they will pass on what they learned to others, will receive the kits. This is a true community effort that ultimately will save lives.”
The CPR classes at the ROC Church and John Marshall High School will last 30 minutes with classes every half hour starting at 8 a.m. The last class at these locations will begin at 7:30 p.m. CPR night at the Diamond during the Squirrels game will be a series of quick Hands-Only CPR demonstrations throughout the night, starting at 5 p.m., giving attendees a chance to try Hands-Only CPR before and during the baseball game.
For more information about the Great Days of CPR visit www.vacpr.org or call (804) 254-1147.
About the Central Virginia CPR Council
The formation of the Central Virginia CPR Council was spearheaded by the Richmond Ambulance Authority in 2011 and is comprised of representatives from Richmond Ambulance Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, American Heart Association, Chesterfield Fire & EMS, Goochland Fire & EMS, Hanover Fire & EMS, HCA Virginia Health System, Health Educators, Inc., Henrico Fire & EMS, Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Technical Center and VCU Health System.