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Residents and health care professionals can get CPR certification through the Beaufort and Port Royal fire departments at a reduced cost.
Five firefighters were certified as instructors by the American Health and Safety Institute about 10 months ago, according to Beaufort Fire Capt. John Robinson. Certification with the organization allows the fire departments to offer the four-hour classes for $20 a person.
Similar classes offered around Beaufort County by the Red Cross of the Lowcountry typically cost $25 to $90, according to the Red Cross website.
The departments aren't making money on the course fee, but it covers the cost of the curriculum, certification cards and supplies, Robinson said.
Firefighters were trained during the summer to teach the courses and have taught several classes of nursing students and other health care workers. Robinson said classes now will be scheduled for the public when at least six people sign up.
"As we develop more interest and awareness about the class, I'd like to see us have a quarterly schedule," Robinson said. "We're trying to provide something for the community at very low cost."
Anyone can take the CPR classes for non-health care professionals, regardless of where they live, Robinson said.
He said instructors can print an official CPR certification card on site for participants after they pass the course. In classes taught by other organizations, it can sometimes takes weeks for the card to arrive by mail, he said.
A basic CPR class for non-health care professionals will be held at the Port Royal Fire Department in early February. A date will be set once there is sufficient interest, Robinson said.
Anyone interested in the course can email Robinson at City-Fire@CityofBeaufort.org or call 843-525-7055.
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