RINGWOOD, N.J. — The time between when a medical emergency occurs and help arrives can literally mean whether you live or die.
The Ringwood Ambulance Corps will try to make that time count by teaching residents CPR and first aid at a community tutorial on Dec. 12.
"If you wait to start CPR by the time police get there, a lot of time that leads to brain damage," Ben Mele, chair of the squad's membership committee, told Daily Voice. "It makes it a lot harder."
Instructors will review proper CPR during a scheduled 8 a.m. session at the ambulance squad's building at 60 Margaret King Ave.
A 1 p.m. session will cover first aid.
Each class costs $35 -- or $60 for both.
The lessons will be hands-on, with mannequins.
"We try to get everybody relaxed," Mele said. "We don't want people to be afraid they'll hurt the victim, afraid they'll break a rib.
"If you don't do anything, they'll die anyway."
Participants will receive a certificate for CPR and first-aid training, something Mele said is helpful for careers such as teaching and coaching.
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