In just 10 minutes on Wednesday, Harker Heights Lions Club members learned how to save a life.
The club received training in CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator from Glenn Gallenstein, a fellow Lion and deputy chief of the Harker Heights Fire Department.
“When a person collapses near you, there are specific questions to ask and actions you must take to help them,” he said.
First, check the person using the “shake and shout” method. Second, Gallenstein said to instruct someone nearby to call 911. Finally, he told Lion’s Club members to appoint someone to locate an AED.
If the patient does not respond to the first question, chest compressions should begin immediately and last non-stop for two minutes at a fast pace and continue until paramedics are on the scene. It will take an ambulance about five minutes to arrive and time is of the essence. If the person is still unresponsive, the AED can be used while compressions are underway.
The Harker Heights Fire Department has begun a campaign to take CPR to the streets.
Two methods are already underway. One offers real-time training to businesses such as Walmart, where customers will participate in 10-minute training sessions. The HHFD also offers 45-minute classes at the Central Fire Station that not only covers basic resuscitation but also pediatric CPR.
Community members are encouraged to learn how to save a life in just 15 minutes by attending a free hands-only CPR training class. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 25 at the Harker Heights Central Fire Station, 401 Indian Trail. Advance registration is required by calling 254-699-2688.