Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter Announces Free CPR Training in the Town of Islip

January 31st, 2019 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined Suffolk County officials today to announce that the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be offering free cardiopulmonary-resuscitation training classes for residents during the month of February in the Town of Islip. The trainings will focus on chest-compression-only CPR, which, according to the American Heart Association, has the same statistical odds of saving a person's life as traditional CPR. Classes are open to teenagers and adults.

“February is Heart Health Month, and serves as an important reminder to make intelligent lifestyle choices, including exercise and eating right,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Enrolling in a life-saving training course however, could be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, and we’re proud to be a part of this invaluable program.”

Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Suffolk County Health Services, said, “We appreciate the participation of these ambulance companies who have so generously offered their services free of charge in order to increase the numbers of people who are trained to respond when witnessing a sudden cardiac arrest. Our EMS partners know better than anyone the importance of bystander CPR in the chain of survival.”

Below is a listing of upcoming CPR Classes. Class size is limited to 50 participants and pre-registration is required. Contact: The Suffolk County Department of Health Services Office of Emergency Medical Services at 631-852-5080 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing.

Sunday, February 17 at 10 a.m.
Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance Company
4 Pineville Road, Central Islip

Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
East Islip Public Library (Hosted by the Exchange Ambulance of the Islips)
381 E Main St, East Islip, NY

Recent studies by the American Heart Association show that chest-compression-only CPR may be easier to learn and remember than traditional CPR, which alternates between chest compressions and mouth to-mouth resuscitation. Non-medical personnel may be more willing to perform chest-compression-only CPR, as they may not want to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -- especially on strangers.

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