PRDBA offers CPR training

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) has arranged for free CPR training for member businesses and their staffs. Non member businesses may participate for a fee of $25 per business.

Two identical training sessions, one at 9 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. will be held Monday, June 5, at the Park Rapids American Legion. The training itself will last about an hour: questions by trainees could extend the time.

The training will be provided by Bruce Wizik, a former Park Rapids resident and a cardiac arrest survivor who has trained over 20,000 people in CPR. His presence will be courtesy of the Minnesota Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Network. Participants will be taught to recognize cardiac arrest and to perform CPR while emergency help is on the way.

Each session will be limited to 25 participants. Please send the number from your business who will attend to as soon as possible, but no later than May 29. Indicate how many will be at which session and/or which session you prefer. PRDBA Chair Sally Wizik Wills suggests sending half your staff to each session and paying them while they are there.

The PRDBA Board is also working toward securing an AED for downtown.

According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, “Sudden cardiac arrest is a national public health crisis. There are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal.”

“Let’s work together to avoid deaths by cardiac arrest in Park Rapids,” Wills said.

For more information, contact Sally Wizik Wills at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, 218-237-2665.