Group promotes CPR training for everyone

IMPERIAL, Calif. – Medic First director, Nick Guzman, said that knowing CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) could save a life – maybe your loved one’s life.

“So, a lot of times we think it’s not gonna happen to me, but if it does happen, you’re ready,” Guzman said.

He said seconds can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.

“It happens so many times, so close to home, somebody you care, somebody you love,” Guzman said.

Most people’s first reaction is to call 911 for help, but that’s all they do.

“And don’t realize how much time that takes, by the time you make that call, time dispatch sends emergency services,” Guzman said.

In an emergency, it’s all about time.

“Six, ten, 15, 20 minutes before they arrive and cardiac arrest is about time,” Guzman said.

Guzman remembered a CPR-trained couple whose son had an emergency.

“He survived cardiac arrest because the parents were ready,” Guzman said.

His company, like the Red Cross, offers basic first aid training to the public and to companies. The sessions usually last from four to eight hours, depending on the certification.

“Different types of certifications for different professions, but the main goal is to save lives,” Guzman said.

Others take the training for personal reasons.

“We were really surprised to the demand for and how many people were showing up to the class,” Guzman said.

This Saturday’s training took place at the Villa Lara Apartments Community Center in Imperial. The group consisted of foster parents, a school bus driver, and childcare provider.

“CPR can be taught to everyone,” Guzman said.

Guzman said his three children have taken CPR training.

“Every single one of them knows how to perform CPR,” Guzman said.

It’s for anybody who wants to be prepared for an emergency.

“So, if the person just stands and waits the EMS services, it might be too late,” Guzman said.

Guzman said that CPR and basic first aid is for everyone who understands that in an emergency what you do after the 911 call can help save a life.

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