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First aid training scheduled for Alexandria

Each year, more than 5 million people learn how to save a life in American Red Cross training courses. Residents of Alexandria and the surrounding area can join the ranks of these everyday heroes by taking a health and safety course.

The First Aid and CPR/AED course teaches people how to perform CPR and to use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives.

Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses.

The Alexandria classes will be held at Alexandria Red Cross, 701 Broadway Street in Alexandria.

The scheduled classes and cost are:

• CPR/AED for professional rescuers and health care providers review, Thursday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; $90.

• Adult and pediatric CPR/AED review, Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon; $70.

• Adult and pediatric CPR/AEDID, Thursday, April 26 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; $90.

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include two-year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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