Volunteers sought for Hands for Life event

The City of Stamford and organizers for this year’s Hands for Life event are looking for community members interested in learning how to administer compression-only CPR and are willing to teach others to do the same. With the help of volunteer trainers, organizers aim to train 10,000 people in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at Hands for Life this September at Stamford schools.

Organizers are seeking individuals with a strong willingness to help neighbors and community members become trained heart heroes. Approximately 30 trainers will be needed for each event and “Train the Trainer” orientation sessions will be held on Sept. 2 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., at Stamford EMS, 684 Long Ridge Road, Stamford. Individuals may register and sign up for shifts using at www.HandsforLife.org. Trainers are not required to have healthcare or public safety experience, though it is recommended.

Hands for Life is a quick, easy and convenient way to learn life-saving, hands-only CPR or to brush up on the technique, as it is a skill improved with practice. In just 15-minute sessions, event attendees will be given step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions on how to administer hands-only CPR by trainers dedicated to making Stamford and surrounding towns heart-healthy communities.

A number of Hands for Life events will be held throughout the week of September 21, culminating with a headline event on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Westhill High School. Hands for Life events are free and no registration is required.

For more information about registering as a trainer, contact Joe Larcheveque, Stamford EMS, Trainer Coordinator, at [email protected] Please visit www.HandsForLife.org to register or contact Hands for Life organizers at [email protected] for additional information.

About Hands for Life Stamford 2015

Developed in 2009, Hands for Life is a free CPR training event that can teach anyone to be a life saver. This year, Hands for Life Stamford, organized by The City of Stamford in collaboration with Stamford EMS, Stamford Hospital, Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Stamford Public Schools, The Ferguson Library, Avon Theater Film Center and other community partners, has set a goal of training over 10,000 people in compression-only CPR and the use of external defibrillators. To learn more about Hands for Life 2015 and get involved, visit www.HandsforLife.org or contact Hands for Life organizers at [email protected]


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