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Disaster Preparedness:  Training


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Take a Free Course

Are you, your family, neighborhood and business ready for the next disaster?
The Fire Department is offering free Pasadena Emergency Response Team (PERT) training classes designed for neighborhood groups, business associations and/or community-based organizations.

While the Pasadena Fire Department’s goal is to respond to emergencies within
five minutes, the gulf coast hurricanes proved this could be out of the question after
a major disaster.

If you and your family are able-bodied, you are your own first responders and may have to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.

PERT teaches you disaster preparedness, first aid, fire suppression and light search and rescue.

At the conclusion of the course you’ll have the skills you need to help your family
and neighbors and you will receive a certificate and official PERT safety hat.

To schedule a class for your group, email or
call (626) 744-7276.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

What is CPR?

CPR is an emergency first aid procedure for an unconscious person who is not breathing and for whom a pulse cannot be detected. CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to vital organs such as the brain and the heart. When initiated within four minutes of an incident, the survival rate is 43 percent; when initiated within four to eight minutes, the survival rate is only 10 percent. The most common reason for CPR is sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack), which can be caused by heart disease, drowning, electrocution, drug overdose and other conditions.

Why Learn CPR?

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.

Someday you may find yourself in a situation where someone close to you – or not so close – faces a life and death moment. You could make a difference.

More than 650,000 people die annually from heart attack in the U.S. each year

More than 350,000 die before reaching the hospital

When the brain is deprived of oxygen for four to six minutes, brain damage and
death begin

It takes the Pasadena Fire Department an average of four minutes to respond to the scene of an emergency

Who Provides CPR Training?

American Red Cross
San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter
430 Madeline Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 799-0841

American Heart Association
Los Angeles County Division
816 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 291-7000

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