Cloquet Fire Department Teaches Hands-Only CPR

Once a month, the Cloquet Fire Department hosts a free hands-only CPR class to the public.

The department applied for a grant through the American Red Cross and was granted enough money to purchase kits for anyone who wants to attend.

The kits are an aide to help hands-on CPR become more comfortable for those who might eventually need to use it.

“What the American Heart Association has found is that when someone goes into cardiac arrest, people are apprehensive sometimes to respond and to render aid. A lot of it has to do with the idea that you have to give mouth to mouth,” said Castrenze Fricano of the Cloquet Fire Department.

Fricano hopes people learn to feel comfortable enough to eventually teach others.

“Early CPR improves survival outcomes, and if we can get more people out in the community that is trained in hands-only CPR, we can possibly improve our cardiac arrest outcome,” Fricano said.

A kit contains a blow-up manikin and a 50-minute instructional DVD.

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