Arcata Volunteer Firefighters’ Association resumes CPR, first aid classes

ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM) – The Arcata Volunteer Firefighters Association resumed classes in CPR, First Aid, and Basic Life Support after cancelling classes in March due to COVID-19 concerns.

The decision to suspend classes was made by the Arcata Fire District to protect career firefighters as they work and live at the stations. Facilities were closed to the public to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

The Arcata Volunteer Firefighter’s Association reduced class sizes and now requires masks. Hand sanitizer among other safety precautions are also in place. CPR Instructor Rob Cannon said the most challenging change has been switching out the lungs on mannequins between students.

The association continues the overcome obstacles as the results of these classes can save lives. Cannon said CPR performed by bystanders before first responders are on scene can greatly improve survival.

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