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REMSA Offers Free CPR Training During "Save A Heart" Health Fair

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In honor of February's National Heart Month, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) will conduct its sixth annual Save a Heart free CPR Awareness Training event and health fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Scheels in Sparks.  Free hand-only CPR awareness courses begin at the top of every hour. 

New to this year's event is Running Red for Heart, a 5K run sponsored by Northern Nevada Medical Center to benefit the American Heart Association. The run begins at 8 a.m. and all runners are asked to wear all red running gear. Awards will be given for best-dressed runner during a special awards ceremony where hands-only CPR will also be taught to participants. Registration is $30 and is available at

"The bottom line is that CPR saves lives," said J.W. Hodge, education manager at REMSA. "Community members taking the time to learn CPR will make the difference of life and death in many situations as they are often the first people to witness sudden cardiac arrest. With 80 percent of these deaths occurring at home, it is crucial that more community members are prepared to respond.  This is one way we will be able to increase the chances of survival for victims in our community. 

Participants will have the opportunity to visit many local vendors and heart healthy living demonstrations that are geared toward making our community a heart healthy place to live.  

Health Expo will include:

-Northern Nevada Medical Center providing free blood pressure checks, and other screenings including onsite physicians and medical experts.

-Point of Impact Child Safety Seat Checkpoint that will be held in the Scheels' parking lot starting at 9 a.m. Limited to the first 30 cars.

-Fitness demonstrations and experts from Kaia FIT, local gyms, and Scheels.

-United Blood Services – Onsite Blood Donations.

-American Heart Association, Saint Mary's, and Renown offering heart healthy education.

More than 900 people per day in the United States die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  People trained to provide CPR in the community and knowledge about heart healthy living will greatly improve the chances of survival for these victims. 

For more information or questions, contact REMSA at  (775) 353-0772 or

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