Volunteers teach people life-saving skill

Published 06/05 2014 01:08PM

Updated 06/05 2014 04:12PM

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The theme at the Market Place Thursday was saving a life and the theme song, was "Staying Alive." San Joaquin Community Hospital and the Bakersfield Fire Department teamed up for Sidewalk CPR Day.

Volunteers taught people the basic life-saving skill of hands-only CPR, to the tune of the Bee-Gee's song "Staying Alive." "Anyone can learn it. It only takes 5 minutes. And what it does, in the past you think of CPR, you think of people doing mouth to mouth, and the compressions and stuff. And most people don't want to get involved with a situation like that because they're afraid to do mouth to mouth. But with the latest research and stuff just by doing compressions only, they're realizing that's as effective as what they thought was better years ago," said Cpt. Mike Lencioni with the Bakersfield Fire Department.

Learning hands-only CPR does not mean you are certified in CPR, but officials say knowing the technique could save a life.

If you missed the training but would like to learn hands-only CPR, you can call the public education department with the Bakersfield Fire Department. The number is 661-326-3696.

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