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Fire Department Offers Life-Saving Classes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1 , 2003
Media Contact:  
Ron Myers, Daly City Fire Chief
(650) 991-8138
Cole Stratton, Assistant Training Officer, DCFD (650) 991-8318
DALY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFERS
LIFE-SAVING CLASSES, OTHER FREE SERVICES


Daly City – Fire Chief Ron Myers reiterated today that the Daly City Fire Department provides other life-saving and safety-related services to the community, in addition to fighting fires. “We encourage Daly City residents to utilize these valuable services, for their own safety as well as their families,” he said.

Free Blood Pressure Check. On the second Saturday of each month, from 1 to 3 p.m., at all five Daly City fire stations, elderly residents can have their blood pressure checked at no cost. On-duty firefighters will only screen for potential high blood pressure. No diagnosis will be provided. For the nearest fire station, contact the DCFD Administration Office at (650) 991-8138.

Free DNA Kits. Parents of young children and teens can also get DNA identification kits, free of charge, from 1 to 3 p.m., on the second Saturday of each month, at all five Daly City fire stations. Contact the DCFD Administration Office at (650) 991-8138, for the nearest fire station.

CPR Classes. “Take a CPR class and save a life!” asserted Assistant Training Officer Cole Stratton. The six-hour course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) gives family members life-saving techniques to use during an emergency, until professional medical assistance arrives on the scene, he added.

The Daly City Fire Department, in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) offers the course intermittently during the year. Students who successfully complete the course will be issue a CPR card valid for two years as well as a CPR handbook. To be certified, attendees must pass a written exam and a “hands-on” manipulative test.
The course fee is $55 for Daly City residents, and $65 for non-residents. Advanced Regis-tration is required. For reservations, contact the DCFD – Administration Office at (650) 991-8138.

N.E.T. Program. For Daly City residents only, DCFD conducts a series of five classes in disaster preparedness, also referred to as the Neighborhood Emergency Team (N.E.T.) program. It includes hands-on training on basic use of fire extinguishers, disaster medicine, light search and rescue, as well as hazard mitigation.

“We want to develop neighborhood teams of trained individuals who could provide emergency assistance during the time of need. This is particularly relevant, as we continue to deal with homeland security concerns,” Chief Myers emphasized.

Fire Prevention and Earthquake Preparedness Classes. Also available through the Daly City Fire Department are classes on fire prevention and earthquake preparedness. The one-hour presentations cover areas on fire safety and how to adequately prepare for an earthquake. Both workshops are available at no-cost to Daly City residents and organizations.

To schedule either or both programs at your site, contact the DCFD – Administration Office at (650) 991-8138.