Wausau Fire Department Gives CPR Training

The Wausau Fire Department is working to get more people ready for a life-threatening situation.

They held a CPR training class at the Grand Theatre in Wausau teaching what has become a very simple life-saving technique.
Wausau Fire Department Fire Fighter and Paramedic, Travis Krueger said the American Heart Association has a survival rate of nearly 9.6%, but Wausau's is a lot higher.

"When bystander CPR has been initiated, survival rate has been 40% in the Wausau area," said Krueger, "so the numbers that we're tracking is showing that compression-only CPR is definitely working."

Compression-only CPR includes placing your hands at the center of the chest and pressing down hard about two inches to the beat of "Staying Alive," by the Bee Gees. Krueger said people no longer need to be certified to administer CPR and mouth-to-mouth has been replaced with this compression method.

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