Local Red Cross to Host Mass CPR/AED Training

May 28, 2009

Discounted course will commemorate National CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1-7

COLUMBIA, SC – May 28, 2009 – On Saturday, June 6, head to the Red Cross, 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, for CPR/AED training at a discounted rate of $25 – the course typically costs $59. Two sessions will be offered: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and noon-5 p.m. Free childcare will be provided.

As summer approaches, the Red Cross aims to empower people with lifesaving knowledge and the skills to perform CPR and use an AED. Participants will learn how to respond to related emergencies that can happen at home, at work, at the pool or at the beach.

According to a recent Red Cross survey, one in two Americans claim to have had a near-drowning experience in their lifetime. Nearly half of the survey respondents will take part in a water-related activity this summer at places where there will be no lifeguard present. If more Americans knew how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), more lives could be saved. The Red Cross recommends that at least one person in every household and place of business receive this training.

Additionally, the Red Cross will provide free CPR/AED demonstrations 8 a.m.-noon June 5 at Biscuit House, 1019 Bluff Road, during the Final Drive, a Red Cross blood drive and fundraiser. 

For more information about CPR/AED training and other Red Cross courses, or to learn how you can change a life, starting with your own, call 803-540-1200.

To make a donation to support Red Cross services, including Disaster Relief, Health & Safety Education and Service to the Armed Forces, call 803-540-1220.


The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. An average of 90 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The American Red Cross of Central South Carolina responds to approximately one disaster every 17 hours. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. To make a monetary donation, call 803-540-1220, donate online at centralscredcross.org, mail your check to American Red Cross P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC 29201, or e-mail [email protected].



Survey Methodology

Telephone survey of 1,002 U.S. adults 18 years and older on March 20-23, conducted by CARAVAN®, Opinion Research Corporation.  Margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95% confidence level.