YAKIMA, Wash. – Several health organizations are teaming up this week with the goal of teaching 1,000 members of the community how to properly perform CPR.
According to organizers of the event, there is a special need for this type of training locally. They say Washington has one of the best response rates in the country for heart attacks but Yakima County has one of the worst within the state.
Pete Orgill is a teacher at Davis High School and has been training people how to perform CPR for around 30 years. He says CPR is a critical step in saving someone's life.
"You're just priming the heart, getting the blood pressed into the brain and keeping it alive until the EMTs can get there to shock the heart and bring it back," said Orgill.
The Great CPR Blitz 2010 will be Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Yakima Convention Center. It is free to the public and many who attend will get Anytime CPR Kits to teach others the skills they learn at the event. To register, visit www.savealifeyakima.org.