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Midwest City to continue CPR classes

By Jesse Olivarez Published: May 10, 2006
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MIDWEST CITY - Public cardio-pulmonary resuscitation classes will continue to be offered now that an agreement has been reached with the American Heart Association, Fire Chief Randy Olsen said.

The Midwest City and Del City fire departments recently suspended CPR classes for the public because of fears that recertifying their instructors would cost too much. That decision was prompted by an American Heart Association announcement that the organization was changing the costs of materials used to certify instructors.

Lynn Wilson, regional cardiovascular care program coordinator for the American Heart Association, said she discussed with city officials ways the fire departments could deliver CPR instruction more effectively to the community.

Olsen said after reviewing all the options available he found several ways to continue holding the CPR classes.

He said the classes offered at Midwest City-Del City Public Schools would also resume.

Olsen said he reviewed all the options American Heart Association offers to the community. He said the new CPR training information would be easy to use and may even improve future training.

"Midwest City fire has always believed that CPR training is helpful to the community," Olsen said. "We support the new science evidence and believe new techniques will indeed improve patient outcomes."

Wilson said an agreement was reached with the Del City fire departmentafter classes were suspended there as well.

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