Summit County Government

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Summit County Ambulance Service to Sponsor Blood Drive and Offer Free CPR and First Aid Classes

Classes will be held May 18 and 22; blood drive will take place May 21

Contacts:
Jamie Woodworth, Director, Summit County Ambulance Service
970-668-4121, jamiew@co.summit.co.us
Jenn Oese, Paramedic, Summit County Ambulance Service
970-668-4124, jenno@co.summit.co.us

SUMMIT COUNTY – In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 17-23, Summit County Ambulance Service is sponsoring a blood drive and providing free CPR and first aid classes to the public.

“President Gerald Ford first established EMS week in 1973 to celebrate emergency medical services, its practitioners and the work we do,” Summit County Ambulance Supervisor Jill Ridenhour said. “This year, we’re celebrating by offering our community members some easy, free opportunities to make a big difference in local medical emergencies.”

Each of the two classes includes both CPR and first aid and lasts four hours. One class will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 18, and the other will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 22. Both will take place at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco. To register, community members can call the Summit County Ambulance Service at 970-668-5777.

According to the American Heart Association, a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival can double or triple when a bystander effectively administers immediate CPR. However, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander.

“Learning and practicing these skills really can save a life,” Ambulance Service Paramedic Jenn Oese said. “And even in situations that aren’t life threatening, knowledge of basic first aid can be hugely beneficial in a wide variety of settings, from your home kitchen, to your workplace, to a backcountry camping trip.”

The Ambulance Service has held its annual blood drive in celebration of EMS Week for more than a decade. This year’s drive will take place at the Summit County Community and Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21. Walk-ins are welcome, but community members are encouraged to make an appointment online at www.bonfils.org or by calling 800-365-0006.

“Blood saves lives, and it’s imperative to keep the state fully stocked,” SCAS Paramedic John Avery said. “We can use up local blood supplies very quickly, since we’re frequently transporting critical patients all the way to Denver.”

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