Become a Life Saver at Leon County's Press the Chest 2018

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Become a Life Saver at Leon County’s Press the Chest 2018

Free Educational Community-Wide CPR Training Event


Who: Leon County

What: Press the Chest 2018

When: Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. - noon

Where: Donald L.Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St.


Leon County invites you to #BeALifeSaver and check out the AmeriHeart® exhibit at the eighth annual Press the Chest – a community-wide CPR training event – on Saturday, June 9, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., from 10 a.m. until noon. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.

Press the Chest  is an annual event that focuses on the importance of providing the community with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  County events like Press the Chest contribute to Leon County’s cardiac survival rate of 33%, which far exceeds the national average of 7%. To register, visit

This year’s Press the Chest event also features the AmeriHeart®, a fully-interactive exhibit that depicts the features of the human heart, how the heart works, and how it is affected by various ailments. The AmeriHeart® exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. until CPR training begins at 10 a.m., and directly after training until 1 p.m.

Since 2010, Leon County has trained over 7,000 people with hands-on instruction on how to do CPR correctly. Like the past eight years, highly credentialed  Leon County Emergency Medical Services personnel will teach the recommendations made by the American Heart Association. These recommendations include C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing) along with the new emphasis on “Hands-Only CPR.” Participants will also be taught how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). This is not a certification event.

Each participant of Press the Chest CPR 2018 will receive an American Heart Association personal “CPR Anytime” kit containing a CPR manikin, DVD, and educational materials. The kits are for participants to train family and friends on CPR. The event is hosted in collaboration with the Florida State Medical Response Unit, FSU University Health Services, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Capital Regional Medical Center, FAMU Student Health Services, Brian Barnard Flooring America,   Florida Department of Health – Office of EMS, Florida Department of Health in Leon County, and TCC EMS Program.

For more information, contact EMS Major Sally Davis, Leon County Emergency Medical Services, at (850) 606-2100 / or Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / .