CPR training is now available through the Joplin Health Department and has been noted as an important skill to learn. Doctors have stated administering CPR outside the hospital can save thousands of lives annually, but about half of Americans say they don’t know how to do it.

Two classes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation are being offered on Thursday, January 18, for the public. Classes will be held in Conference Room 1 of the Joplin Public Library, 1901 East 20th Street. The classes are a part of the American Heart Association’s training.

AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This course trains participants to give CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Students receive a certification upon completion. Fee for the course is $50 per person.

AHA HeartCode® BLS Skills Checkoff will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on January 18. The course is designed for those who have already completed the online portion of the HeartCode® BLS course: https://elearning.heart.org/course/437 . This is the hands-on skills session check-off to complete the certification for HeartCode® BLS. Cost is $20 per person.

Preregistration and pre-payment are required to attend either of these classes. Participants can complete these steps by going to the Joplin Parks registration website of their online catalog. Classes are listed under the Adult Programs division of the registration site. Citizens can also call the Health Department at 417.623.6122, ext. 1258 for more information.