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Saline County Health Department donates to countywide CPR/AED training

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees approved the donation of $200 to a countywide CPR/AED training day at its Tuesday, April 23, meeting.

Russ Donnell, emergency management director, brought the event to the board's attention.

Donnell said the event is to help make Saline County a heart safe community.

The training day will hopefully take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Salt Fork YMCA.

It will be hands-only CPR, according to Donnell.

"They've discovered that some people will not do CPR because of the mouth-to-mouth component," Donnell said, noting the objective of the training is to help people feel comfortable administering CPR.

There will be no charge to the public to participate in the mass training. A station teaching abdominal thrusts will also be present.

Donnell said they hope to ask people who have been saved due to the administration of CPR or use of and AED to speak as well.

Participants will be trained, but not certified.

Saline County Health Department Administrator Lisa Thomas noted $7,000 was budgeted for election expenses, but it wasn't used, so it was moved into the wages portion of the budget.

The board decided on a plaque and its wording as a dedication to the new health department building. The dedication and final wording of the plaque have yet to be determined.

Minutes of the past meeting, paying of the bills and the financial report were approved.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The Saline County Board of Public Health Fund meeting was called to order but no new business was presented.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com



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