Comox Fire Rescue offers free courses

After Friday's earthquake, free Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) and CPR courses offered by Comox Fire Rescue are especially timely.

After Friday’s earthquake, free Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) and CPR courses offered by Comox Fire Rescue are especially timely.

Experience has shown that after a disaster, it may take three or more days for emergency services to reach many of the neighbourhoods and individuals.

The NEPP program is designed to provide information, training and skills necessary for individuals and neighbourhoods to be self-sufficient after a disaster.

Five NEPP programs are scheduled at the Comox Fire Station on Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. (two-hour session); Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Sessions are free. Contact the Comox Community Centre at 250-339-2255 to register.

Recognizing and responding quickly to someone having a heart attack or choking can mean the difference between life and death.

Comox Fire Rescue is also offering three, FREE, CPR (A) courses. CPR A, AED covers the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for people age eight and over including performing one person adult CPR.

Sessions also covers the use of public access Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).

CPR (A) programs are scheduled at the Comox Fire Station this Friday, Oct. 15 and Oct. 30.

All sessions start at 1 p.m. and are three hours in length.

Contact the Comox Community Centre at 250-339-2255 to register.

— Comox Fire Rescue