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.