On June 23rd, the fire department offered hands-only CPR training to our group of parents and children at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Station.

This was a free event that is part of a local initiative to train citizens CPR. The effectiveness of CPR is multitudes greater in the first 3 minutes of the event. The intent is for the general public to care for patients suffering from cardiac arrest while first responders are on their way.

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Kathryn Larkins, a local EMT, was excellent in providing a helpful lesson for us. Somehow she was able to keep everyone engaged from toddlers to adults. Yet, she still had us all walking away informed and well equipped to perform CPR in an emergency.

After the lesson, we got a tour of the county’s newest fire station. The kids enjoyed climbing into the fire engine and checking out the ambulance.

We want to send a big thank you to Mrs. Larkins and the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.