Pella Community Ambulance gears up for CPR certification classes

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Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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PELLA, Iowa (KYOU) -

Thanks to Pella Community Ambulance’s weekly CPR Certifcations, Pella resident Emily Vos is one of many in the community who are getting a refresh on the basics.

“I think it’s incredibly important for anyone out on the street. You come across someone who is down, you don’t know how long they have been down or how long it will be until the ambulance arrives. Delivering any type of CPR gives that person a much better chance of survival afterwards,” Vos shared with KYOU during the class.

Vos, a dialysis technician in Pella, is required to be CPR certified for her job. But, says she would get recertified regardless because you just never know what could happen.

She says: “Being a mom to a four-month-old. It’s incredibly nerve-wrecking. What if something happens or they choke on their bottle or their cereal?”

And, that’s where Jacob Fletcher comes in with Pella Community Ambulance to teach the class which can be the deciding factor between life and death.

Demonstrating how to do live-saving compressions on both adults and children -- a certification according to the American Heart Association that should be in compliance every two years.

Studies showing bystander CPR support improves survival rates

Whether you’re CPR certified or it’s been a minute remember -- call 9-1-1 right away, begin compressions, and continue doing so until paramedics arrive.

Pella Community Ambulance offers classes every Tuesday in Pella.

In Ottumwa, Indian Hills Community College offers both adult and pediatric CPR classes as well.

Be sure to check in your local communities for more offerings.

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