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Learn CPR and first aid for free through the Summit County Ambulance Service

The Summit County Ambulance Service will offer their annual blood drive Thursday in honor of National Emergency services this week, as well as free CPR and first aid classes on Friday. Both the blood drive and the four-hour classes will be held at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, in an effort to help prepare residents for emergencies.

“Learning and practicing these skills really can save a life,” paramedic Jenn Oese said in a statement. “And even in situations that aren’t life threatening, knowledge of basic first aid can be hugely beneficial in a wide variety of settings, from your home kitchen, to your workplace, to a backcountry camping trip.”

A cardiac arrest victim’s survival can double or triple when a bystander effectively performs CPR, according to the American Heart Association. But just 39 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander.

The Summit County Ambulance Service has hosted this Thursday’s annual blood drive for more than 10 years.

“Blood saves lives, and it’s imperative to keep the state fully stocked,” paramedic John Avery said in a statement. “We can use up local blood supplies very quickly, since we’re frequently transporting critical patients all the way to Denver.”

The blood drive will last from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community and Senior Center. SCAS will accept walk-ins, but residents can make an appointment at http://www.bonfils.org or by calling 800-365-0006. To register for Friday’s classes, which will be held at the center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., call 970-668-5777.

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