All Beltrami County Communications Officers have now been trained and certified in Telephone CPR.
According to a release, the training provides the skills to rapidly detect the need for CPR and how to instruct citizens to perform CPR.
In 2019, the state legislature passed a bill that required all state 911 centers to establish a protocol by July 1, 2021, for a minimum level of instruction for CPR when callers are reporting an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
“Look for CPR classes or first aid training opportunities. Performing CPR can be very intimidating and stressful. If you find yourself in a situation needing to perform CPR, please remain calm and call 911 right away. Clearly communicate with the 911 center and follow their instructions,” said Sheriff Ernie Beitel in a release.
Beltrami County’s 911 center has provided pre-arrival instructions for years, but the TCPR established a protocol that is consistent with all 911 centers in the state.