MANCHESTER - On the first Monday of every month the Manchester Rescue Squad offers a one evening CPR/AED (automatic external defibrillator) certification class to the public.

According to the American Heart Association "nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander."

Manchester Rescue Squad certifies many individuals but also works with area businesses and community groups to train their employees or members.

Consider the words of Chris Ams, President of Riley Rink at Hunter Park: "As an organization serving the public, we understand the importance of our employees receiving their CPR/AED certification. The squad has enabled us to become partners in the chain of care that helps protect the Northshire community."

Approaching 50 years of service, the Manchester Rescue Squad, a non-profit organization, responds to over 1,200 emergency calls a year in the Northshire.

Through a combination of paid staff and volunteers, the squad provides paramedic level emergency services 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. For more information, to volunteer or learn about taking a CPR/First Aid class, call Mike Casey at 802-362-1995.


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