The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) is holding Hands-Only CPR/AED Training on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and offering the course free of charge for Wilton residents.

The training will take place at the Cannon Grange (25 Cannon Rd.) from 7-9 p.m..

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).

Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. WVAC’s underscores, “As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help!”

Residents interested in participating need to register online for the event via Eventbrite and bring a registration ticket confirmation (which will be emailed after registration) to the event for check in.  

There is no charge to participate in the class, as participants do not receive any American Heart Association certifications with this free class, and therefore there are no costs to process certification cards or hand out supplies. However, participants are reminded that WVAC is a volunteer-only organization that receives no funding from the town of Wilton, and it relies heavily on donations from the community to keep it going. WVAC is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are always appreciated but certainly not required as a prerequisite for the class.

There is no age minimum to participate, although according to WVAC members, the ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age.

“Studies have shown that children as young as age 9 can learn and retain CPR skills. That being said, we personally believe that the earlier kids get their hands on manikins and practice the basics, the more second nature it will become for them should they ever need to refer to these skills in a real world experience. Just teaching a first grader the mechanics of pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest is better than doing nothing at all. If they have the ability to listen and follow direction, they are a good candidate for this class.”

There are spots for 25 participants so that each student is given adequate time and instruction with the instructor. WVAC will start a waitlist if necessary, and will try to get more instructors to accept more participants off the waitlist in the order in which they were received.

WVAC will also schedule future classes “…so long as there is a demand from the community.”

For more information contact Brian McDermott, WVAC community relations and special events coordinator via email or by calling 203.517.7247 with any questions.