by Lisa Tome
Get ready for one stop shopping - bread, milk, and learning to save a life.
On Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., volunteers from the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun and staffers from Cecil's Department of Emergency Services will do community outreach at Martin's in Rising Sun Towne Center.
The program is geared to Stayin' Alive.
Hands only Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) will be taught.
Mike Deckard from Cecil's Department of Emergency Services explained that the American Heart Association has placed an emphasis on teaching hands-only CPR to lay-persons. This is critical since someone's life can be saved if CPR is initiated early prior to trained medical personnel arriving. Deckard said the CPR basic can be taught in 5-10 minute sessions. The focus will be on effective and possibly life-sustaining chest compressions.
Deckard explained that the Bee Gee's song,"Stayin' Alive" has the perfect beat for learning the compression rhythm.
In addition to learning to save a life, those who turn out at Martin's will be rewarded. Free school supplies will be distributed. There will also be information on fire safety, emergency preparedness and management. There will be apparatus from the Department of Emergency Services and CFCRS on site.
Deckard said he expects to have a captive audience. "The Saturday after school starts, parents will be buying food and school supplies. This gives us the opportunity to expose them to the fire company and the department as well as give them any information they need," said Deckard.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled since it it being held outdoors.
Similar programs are being scheduled for other communities in Cecil County.