Premera, Red Cross to offer CPR training Saturday

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Save-a-Life training, courtesy of the Red Cross website.
Save-a-Life training, courtesy of the Red Cross Snohomish County website.

Mountlake Terrace’s largest employer, Premera Blue Cross, is teaming up with the American Red Cross to stage the largest CPR training event in the region this Saturday, March 29, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610-44th Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

Premera and the Red Cross are hoping to train 600 participants in CPR at Save-a-Life Saturday. Three 30- to 40-minute sessions will be offered for up to 200 participants at a time at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Registration for the free event can be done here.

“We want this event to be a fun activity that helps to save lives in our community,” said Kathy Woods, Premera’s Director of Business Continuity. “It may seem like a hard thing to do that’s maybe a little scary, but learning CPR can be a fun experience.”

Although Save-a-Life Saturday is being promoted as an enjoyable event, the Red Cross takes the mission of training CPR to a large proportion of the public seriously.”Hands-only CPR training is far more likely to be used with a family member or co-worker than with a perfect stranger,” said Red Cross Regional Executive Chuck Morrison, who noted that 88 percent of all sudden heart attacks occur at home, yet one-third of victims receive CPR right away.

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