Weekend CPR Training at UMass Amherst Open to Students, Faculty, Community Members

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Unit, a student organization of trained volunteers who provide first-response services at campus events, will offer an adult CPR course open to the campus and larger community, Sat. Oct. 21. The half-day training program will be offered at both 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., in Campus Center rooms 101 and 163. Fees are $5 for high school or college students, and $20 for community members.

CPR instructor Tom Leeson of UMass EMS says his goal is to train 500 people in basic adult CPR techniques based on American Red Cross (ARC) standards, and to teach participants how to recognize life-threatening emergencies and how to assist someone who is choking. Volunteers from the Hampshire County ARC, and staff members of the UMass Environmental Health and Safety Office will assist UMass EMS volunteers at both sessions.

Participants are advised to reserve seats in the morning or afternoon classes through the UMass EMS office, 545-1885. Walk-ins will be accepted.