Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a lifesaving measure until a person is treated by a medical professional. In an effort to train at least 1,200 individuals each year in CPR, the Sandy Springs Fire Department will host a series of free CPR training courses for the community beginning in March.

The department will use the American Heart Association’s Family & Friends CPR Course, a program intended for individuals who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for a job. The program is well-suited for new parents, babysitters, and those interested in learning how to save a life.

The course teaches adult hands-only CPR and AED, child CPR and AED and infant CPR.

“The first few minutes following a cardiac arrest is a critical time. Each chest compression using hands-only CPR provides the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a better chance of survival once first responders are able to arrive at the scene. CPR training empowers our community bystanders with the opportunity to save a life,” Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders said in a news release.

The department worked 73 cardiac arrest calls in 2018. In 22 cases, bystanders performed CPS with 10 victims experiencing return of spontaneous circulation.

The training courses will be held March 23, April 20 and May 18 at Sandy Springs City Hall, located at 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Classes begin at 10 a.m. and are expected to end at noon. The same course material will be taught in each class. To register for the class, please email ccampbell@sandyspringsga.gov or rmcclendon@sandyspringsga.gov.

For more information, visit www.sandyspringsga.gov.