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CPR Challenge aims to train 500 community lifesavers in May

Become a community lifesaver and help South County Fire meet its goal to train 500 people in CPR during the month of May by attending a free training this week:

  • Drop-in ACT First Aid & CPR training, Friday, May 19, 5-7 p.m. Lynnwood Civic Center Fire Station Conference Room, 18800 44th Ave W. Stop by any time during event hours. Training is less than an hour and teaches three skills you can use to save a life in the first few minutes before firefighters arrive. Training will be available in English and Spanish at this event.
  • EMS Week Open House, Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Edmonds Downtown Fire Station, 275 Sixth Ave. N. Stop by any time during event hours to learn hands-only CPR. Other open house activities include a teddy bear clinic, fire engine tours and opportunities to learn about fire safety and injury prevention programs.

South County Fire also offers free online ACT First Aid & CPR classes. The next class is June 21, 6 p.m. Register in advance online at

Nearly 15,000 people have been trained in ACT First Aid & CPR since South County Fire launched the program in 2018.

“We know effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can significantly increase a victim’s chance of survival,” said South County Fire Assistant Chief Shaughn Maxwell. “The more people we have trained in CPR, the more lives we can save in our community.”

South County Fire’s cardiac arrest save rate of 61.5% for 2022 is well above the state average of 38.5% and the national average of 34.3%.

South County Fire provides fire and emergency medical services to nearly 300,000 residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated southwest Snohomish County.

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