Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Auburn Fire Rescue Department Hosting Community CPR Program


The Auburn Fire-Rescue Department is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Community CPR program on Sunday December 14, 2014. The CPR classes that will be made available to the public are possible due to the generous equipment donations of Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas and the Auburn Permanent Firefighters Local 4157.

Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said that a few years ago the Pappas Foundation donated a number of external defibrillators to the Town of Auburn and other places of assembly that included places of worship. Defibs, as they are more commonly called were placed in town buildings, including all of the schools. As part of that initiative to better improve the chances of survivability in a cardiac arrest situation the Pappas Foundation also purchased CPR training manikins as well as a Defib trainer that can be used to train the public in the proper methods of delivering CPR in conjunction with a Defib. Most recently, the department accepted a donation from the local permanent firefighters union that allowed them to purchase all of the start-up materials needed including books, training DVD, CPR masks and other accessories needed to run the classes.

The CPR class, open to members of the public will be held on Sunday December 14, 2014 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Auburn High School in the presentation room. The cost for the program is $60.00 per person which includes the book and a pocket mask needed to perform CPR. Chief Coleman said the cost of the program is considerably less then some other companies that offer CPR training. “We are not doing this as a business so we are able to keep our costs to run a program much lower. Our goal is to provide important, quality training that may keep a family member or someone else in the public alive” Coleman said.

The class is limited to 30 people so early registration is encouraged. To register for the December 14th class please call the Auburn Fire Department at 508-832-7800 or e-mail the Community CPR Coordinator, Firefighter/Paramedic Adam LaFlash at alaflash@town.auburn.ma.us

Asst. Chief Glenn Johnson