Ocala Fire Rescue to offer CPR training class

In an emergency, the Ocala Fire Department said CPR is the easiest and quickest ways to save someone's life.

Ocala Firefighter and EMT, Jesse Blaire said, "Knowing CPR and performing CPR will absolutely help save a life."

The people who are firefighters and EMTs within the department are professionals at what they do.

Firefighter and Paramedic, Brent Stegall said, "I do it because I love it. I love helping people."

That is why they are teaching hand-only CPR. Blaire said if you're ever in an emergency situation and need to perform CPR, push hard and fast, go at least two inches deep at 100 compressions a minute.

Firefighter Tim Carver showed Fox 35 exactly what to do

"Take one hand with the heel of my hand. It's going to go right in the center of the chest right here. Draw a line right here between the nipples. Your hand's going to go right in the middle of that. Your other hand goes on top. Interlace your hands so your heel does the work. You're gonna push straight down."

He said you do not want to be too low or too high on the person's chest.

Ocala Fire Rescue said there were 480 cases of sudden cardiac arrest in Ocala/Marion County last year.

For every minute without bystander CPR, survival chances drop by about 10 percent.

Blaire said, "If you don't do CPR, they will die."

What if you're worried about hurting someone or even getting sued?

Blair explained, "If you decide to help someone, everyone in Florida is covered by the "Good Samaritan" law. You can help somebody and not be in any fear of being sued afterward."

Ocala Fire Rescue is offering a free CPR class on Saturday April 18 at 10 a.m. It will be located at Fire Station 1 at 235 NE Watula Avenue in Ocala.

In the class, you'll learn hands-only CPR, how to correctly operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to help chocking victims.

For more information go to www.OcalaFire.org or call 352-629-8306.

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