BCSO Communications Division now certified in Telephone CPR

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.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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