Salem County offers free “Hands-Only CPR Classes” via grant for Medical Reserve Corps. program

Free, 30-minute hands-only CPR classes offered to Salem County Residents during March of 2017 through grant with Public Preparedness Division for its Medical Reserve Corps. program

Salem, NJ — The Salem County Department of Health & Human Services is offering free classes in March 2017 for Salem County Residents to learn “hands-only” CPR. Such is a method of providing CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths during a cardiac emergency.

The 30-minute classes will be led by an employee of the County Health & Human Services Department who is Red Cross certified. The free classes are being presented through a grant to the Department’s Public Preparedness Division for its Medical Reserve Corps. program. Anyone 14 years or older can register.

“Statistics show that 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private and residential settings, which means if you know how to perform Hands-Only CPR, you may be able to save the life of a friend or family member,” said Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice, who also chairs the Health and Human Services Committee.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. The survival rate drops as much as 10 percent with every minute that goes by without intervention. Nearly 90 percent of people suffering a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

“Hands-only CPR is an easy skill to learn and use – and it is effective in saving lives,” said Freeholder Director Vanderslice.

Class size is limited, so residents must RSVP for one of the following classes:

  • March 9: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • March 16: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A snow date is set for March 22, 2017. Times will be posted on the Department’s website at:

Hands Free CPR Classes in SalemCounty inpart of M.R.C. Program in USA

Read more about Medical Reserve Corp. Program in the United States for Fiscal Years 2017 andmore details below as well as via the provided links:
Budget Request information for 2017:
The FY 2017 Budget includes $6,000,000 in budget authority for the civilian volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, which is consistent with the FY 2016 enacted level. This funding will primarily support the following efforts:
• Provide regional coordination and technical assistance to MRC unit leaders to guide the development of the units.
• Identify the key missions/functional areas most often supported by MRC units (i.e. shelter support, mass vaccination, medical countermeasure dispensing, etc.) and developing a system to track, monitor and assess units’ ability to support the mission and the extent to which they can assist.
• Provide funding to MRC units to demonstrate their capabilities through a “Challenge Award” program where selected units will need to complete and evaluate a project in their Public Health and Social Sciences Emergency Fund community/region/state that demonstrates success in building resilience, reducing vulnerability, and/or enhancing emergency preparedness, response and recovery capability, and;
• Identify a standardized set of “Mission Ready Packages” that could be used by local and state officials to characterize and type the MRC resources available.


These efforts will promote a new level of consistency throughout the MRC network. ASPR will leverage its existing programs and infrastructure.
• More than 150 MRC units reported preparedness, response and recovery activities related to Hurricane Sandy. Many units performed sheltering functions such as staffing and/or assisting in the setup of general community, functional or special needs shelters and working at shelters in support of the American Red Cross (ARC). Units also indicated that they provided the community with health education, emergency communications support, and surge staffing to Public Health and Social Sciences Emergency Fund local hospitals, emergency management agencies, and public health departments. Volunteers in these units provided a total of 36,016 hours in community service, and units within the affected regions reported that they had more volunteers who were ready and willing to assist if needed.
• The MRC program is supporting the planning stages of the public roll-out of an “Active Bystander” training curriculu Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House National Security Council, and the HHS office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Policy and Planning, Division of Health System Policy (DHSP). It is anticipated that with training, more members of the public will be ready and able to assist should they be present at mass casualty events or other circumstances in which there are serious injuries or potential loss of life.


Above information source: Department of Health and Humand Services Fiscal Year 2017 via



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