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Murrieta Fire Dept. Hosting Free Sidewalk CPR Training on Valentine's Day

"Our arduous goal is to teach Sidewalk CPR to 1,000 Murrieta residents on Valentine’s Day," said Murrieta fire Chief Matt Shobert.

Murrieta residents are invited to groove to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" while learning to perform Sidewalk CPR this Valentine's Day.

The Murrieta Fire Department is hosting Sidewalk CPR—a condensed version of traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation the involves simple chest compressions and is thought to be nearly as effective, but much less intimate—from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Station No. 2, 40060 California Oaks Road.

Residents can stop by any time during those hours for a free, 10-minute lesson in Sidewalk CPR, according to Murrieta fire Chief Matt Shobert.

"Our arduous goal is to teach Sidewalk CPR to 1,000 Murrieta residents on Valentine’s Day," Shobert said.

The new format—taught to the beat of the old Bee Gees' song, "Stayin’ Alive"—takes roughly 10 minutes to learn compared with the traditional class, which is expensive and time consuming, Shobert said.

Additionally, Sidewalk CPR does not require mouth-to-mouth contact with a heart attack victim, Shobert said.

There is no pre-registration required to take the short course; residents may simply stop by the station on Feb. 14, he said.

SA February 07, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I am sorry, but I would not agree! Someone collapse in front of me I turn away, as I would not want a BS lawsuit filed. I honestly believe that my thinking is a sad way to think. I was a SAR swimmer for 8 years, and was proud to let my CPR cert laps. If FD personnel conduct this training on their off time then great!
Lynda StarWriter February 07, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Duly and implicitly noted.
Don Lambert February 08, 2013 at 06:42 AM
I am glad to see this labeled "Sidewalk CPR". It is not like a whole classroom class lasting several hours. I did this at this fire station last time and found it was fast and simple. Look at the picture of the hands on the mannikin's chest over the heart area. Then you just push firmly enough for the mannikin to make a sound showing you are pushing hard enough, and you do it repeatedly, they will tell you how quickly. It required a firmer push than I expected. and so the practice for a few minutes pushing on the mannikin to make it click each time helps give you an idea how to do this.. In the event of a real patient to help in the city, one can expect the fire department to be there in 6 to 8 minutes after being called to take over. But those first minutes are critical for the patients survival if his heart had stopped. If on a hike up in the hills it is obviously better to be with persons who know how to do this. This is totally different from the formal classroom training and breathing into the patients month required years ago for a formal CPR certificate, so there is not much expense giving the Sidewalk CPR experience.
Don Lambert February 08, 2013 at 07:02 AM
There were a lot of these special mannikins in place last time the fire department did this, next to some pads to kneel on. A dozen or so persons could be training at the same time. There is a formal program where young persons that are interested in fire department activities participate. I do not know the programs name. I assume they are not paid. There were several of them helping last time, by holding up the signs for motorists to see, and in other ways helping out. I believe that this is an appropriate and important activity for the fire department personnel to be doing on paid time. I encourage everyone to stop in and participate. It is easy and worthwhile. This fire station is located on Californai Oaks at the intersection with Hancock Ave. This is about halfway between I-15 and Clinton Keith Rd.
DeMarie Rossi February 08, 2013 at 07:59 AM
My family will be there with bells on and we appreciate the time the Fire Fighters are giving us - they are worth EVERY dime we can afford. @SA please get a T-shirt that says do not help me in time of fire or emergency so we know that your home can burn down without risking a firefighters life or a citizen can happily step over you if you ever happen to collapse. We wouldn't want to provide any unnecessary services to you that could up your taxes in the future.

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