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Elverson EMS to host free Pro CPR Training


By Carol Quaintance, cmquaintance@gmail.comFor Journal Register News Service

Friday, August 17, 2012

Joseph Carmen, Staff Supervisor and Deputy Chief of Elverson’s EMS (Emergency Medical Services) announced that he will be among the instructors teaching a CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) Pro class at the Twin Valley Fire Department, 4456 Main Street, Elverson, on the first Saturday in October (October 6) from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.
Carmen said, “The class is free to participants and limited to 20 students. We are taking people on a first come-first serve basis. The curriculum is geared toward people involved in EMS; however, anyone interested in learning CPR are encouraged to attend.”
He stated, “CPR is a valuable tool that everyone should know. You too can save a life (so) be prepared! The sooner CPR is started the better the outcome for cardiac arrest. Public awareness and demand have increased to the point that currently AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) can be found for use in malls, schools, churches, golf courses, and other public places. The computer on the device will talk you through the steps.”
Carmen said that due to lack of training, people are fearful to use AEDs.
“This training will eliminate that fear by teaching the proper use of an AED. In addition you will be learning to perform CPR on adults, children and infants; as well as (hot to) care for a choking victim. Certification will be completed by a written and hands-on test at the end of the class, and is good for two years.”
Carmen was interested in fire service as a youth. He was inspired and mentored by his grandfather, Arthur Rider, from York, Pennsylvania, who was the York City Rescue Captain. In 1991, Carmen became a volunteer firefighter for the Churchtown Fire Department. From 1992-1995 he volunteered with Honey Brook Fire Department. He currently volunteers with Twin Valley Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT. In 2006 he became a certified CPR instructor. He later went on to advance to his current paid staff position.
Carmen who lives in Morgantown is married with four children, and America’s great love affair for first responders is not lost on his children. His two daughters, ages 14 and 17, want to be EMTs. His two young boys dream of one day becoming firefighters.
Carmen offered an explanation of the different levels of emergency medical training:
First Responders - able to provide assistance to EMTs and/or drive the ambulance
EMT Basic - provide basic life support
Paramedics- provide advance life support
“Elverson EMS runs about 1400 ambulance calls a year and Twin Valley Fire Company runs about 400-425 fire calls. This is a brotherhood, people are close, and we are there for the community. Offering this class is part of giving back to the community that supports us,” he said. “There will be multiple instructors on hand and people will become familiar with the equipment and the environment. If this is received well by the community we would like to offer this training again in the future.”
A similar CPR class can cost attendees $50-$90, but this October 6 class is being provided free of charge. To reserve your spot contact the Joe Carmen via email at jcarmen@elversonems.org or call 610-207-6904. Spots will surely fill quickly, and the deadline for registration is September 15.
Be prepared and you too can save a life!