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Fire chief recommends learning CPR, Heimlich maneuver

Phillips said before the paramedics get there the person that can help might only be you. Phillips said before the paramedics get there the person that can help might only be you.
ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

If someone was suffering a heart attack near you, would you be ready to perform CPR until help arrived?

It's important to know life saving techniques during the holiday season.

Arab Fire Chief Ricky Phillips believes everyone should know CPR.

Phillips said if you learn how to do chest compressions and rescue breathing, you can help keep someone alive until professional help gets there.

"Take a simple class, two or three hours.  It doesn't take long at all.  It's real simple," he said.

While Judge Tim Riley used CPR to save an inmate, there's another equally important technique to know as we enter the holiday season, particularly where food is served.

"Everybody needs to know how to do the Heimlich Maneuver.  Whether you're sitting at home during Thanksgiving and somebody gets choked or if you're in a local restaurant," said Phillips.

He said children as young as 10 or 12 can learn and only a refresher course is needed each year following.

After all, Phillips said before the paramedics get there the person that can help might only be you.

"You know, those seconds count and that makes a difference in saving somebody's life," he said.

Phillips said the Heimlich Maneuver is often taught as part of CPR classes.

He said you can contact your local hospital or fire department to find out more about when and where classes are taught in your area.

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