NORTH SALT LAKE - It’s now a little bit easier to save a life.
Whether you need to learn the new, simplified CPR procedure or would simply like a refresher, North Salt Lake’s Uniting Neighbors has the perfect opportunity. The group is sponsoring a free training, taught by members of the South Davis Metro Fire Agency, on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at North Salt Lake City Hall.
“We thought it would be good information for everyone,” said Kent Kirkham, who heads Uniting Neighbors.
The traditional CPR procedure was changed in 2010, starting with chest compressions instead of rescue breathing. A statement from the American Heart Association said that they made the change so that heart attack victims received compressions more quickly, and with the hope that more passers-by would be willing to perform CPR.
“Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene,” reads a statement on the organization’s website. “As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help.”
The importance of that kind of assistance is a key part of Uniting Neighbors, a completely volunteer organization that focuses on emergency preparedness, community beautification, and neighborhood watch.
“This is very grass-roots,” said Kirkham. “We want to show people that individuals are very important in a disaster, preventing a crime, or anything like that.”
The group meets once a month for informational or training sessions on a variety of topics, all of which are open to the public.
“It gives people like police and firefighters a chance to share their skills,” said Kirkham. “When we talk about earthquakes we usually get a houseful of people, but there are other topics that are just as important.”
In addition to meetings, the group also offers an emergency preparedness handbook. It can be found online at nslcity.org, under the “Uniting Neighbors” link on the left-hand side of the main page.