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Local ambulance service supports heart health

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Ambulance Service is working to promote heart health through Keep the Beat Summit, a six-year-old program training people in CPR and maintaining a fleet of public-access defibrillators.

More than 1,300 citizens have been trained to recognize signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest and perform CPR using Automatic External Defibrillators – 180 of which have been placed in schools, recreation centers, ski resorts, community buildings and all law-enforcement vehicles, according to a SCAS press release.

There have been at least 14 known uses of the defibrillators – obtained with the help of a federal grant – and one person saved through the program.

“This important program helps prepare our community for the tragedy of sudden cardiac death by providing low-cost CPR training and automatic defibrillators,” interim SCAS director Marc Burdick said in the press release.

To register for a March 24 Heartsaver CPR/AED class presented by SCAS, call (970) 668-5777, and for more information on Keep the Beat Summit, visit http://www.keepthebeatsummit.com.

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