The Salem County Department of Health & Human Services is offering free classes in March for Salem County Residents to learn “hands-only CPR,” 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 Corp 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– 7:00 pm or 7:30 – 8:00 pm

March 16:
6:30 – 7:00 pm or 7:30 – 8:00 pm

A snow date is set for March 22, 2017. Times will be posted on the Department’s website at

All classes will be held in the Ware Building located at 51 Cheney Road in Woodstown.

To RSVP or learn more about the Medical Reserve Program, contact the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services by emailing Andrea Godshall at or calling (856) 935-7510, ext. 8482.

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