The Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department is offering $5 CPR classes to the community starting this Saturday, through mid-June.
A fundraising effort by the department was kicked off a year ago after prompt CPR saved a young man’s life.
Ricky Ewald collapsed March 17, 2012, when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Because both his father and his girlfriend recently had taken CPR classes, they were able to keep him alive during the crucial minutes until paramedics arrived.
Afterward, the family made it their mission to spread the word about the value of CPR training and to help the fire district — whose firefighters responded to their 911 call — raise the needed funds to conduct community classes.
Capt. Patrick Sullivan, one of the first responders on the scene, took the lead in seeking out funding to make that happen; he estimated the total cost of purchasing sufficient mannequins and all the training materials at about $6,000. Three firefighters associations teamed together to fund the project — the Nevada City, Watt Park and Gold Flat firefighters associations.
The courses will focus on teaching how to recognize heart attacks and perform effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation and will cover hands-only CPR for adults, child and infant CPR, the use of defibrillators and choking relief. The class is not meant for rescuers but for people who want to take appropriate actions early on to save a life.
The CPR classes are two hours and will take place April 27, May 25 and June 15 with sessions from 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Cost for the class is $5 per person. Fees cover reference materials used in the class and will be taken home for future reference. Check (made payable to NCCFD) or cash payment enrolls you into the class.
Class size is limited to 16 and is expected to fill fast. Sign up at Nevada County Consolidated Fire Station 84 at 10135 Coyote St. in Nevada City, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call Fire Station 84 at 530-265-6944 for information. The reference book and instructions for the day will be furnished upon signup.