Neighbors Helping Neighbors CPR class works to save lives

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A person without a heartbeat can survive four to six minutes before brain damage sets in. CPR could be the difference between life and death in some cases, but only if you know how to do it correctly. The Surfside Beach Fire Department has a program that teaches and certifies in CPR.

Surfside Fire Department Captain Prentice Williams says every single second is critical in an emergency situation, and that's where the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" class comes in.

In addition to CPR, the class also teaches the Heimlich maneuver, how to properly assist someone who is choking, and there is even a method on how to save yourself if you are alone.

CPR certification is a requirement for a number of jobs today, and normally to get the training it's around $75. For Surfside Beach residents, the class gives the certification for free. Anyone else who attends only has to pay $5 for the certification card.

Captain Williams says early care is the key in emergency situations. "You know minutes are precious, and when they can identify a heart attack or stroke, and get help right away or be able to administer CPR, those precious minutes are important, and being able to do that will help," Capt. Williams says.

There's nothing like being able to help someone in an emergency. "When a neighbor can help another neighbor and see the outcome, it's a beautiful sight to see," Captain Williams says. "Especially if it's a stroke or heart attack and you've got someone there to talk to, you know, to really make you feel comfortable."

For information on when classes are available, visit You can also contact the fire department for information at 843-913-6369.

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