GFES now an authorized American Heart Association Training Site for basic life support courses

Great Falls Emergency Services recently became an authorized American Heart Association Training Site, allowing GFES to provide basic life support courses in the community.

BLS includes training in performing CPR and using an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Bystander CPR and use of an AED before paramedic ambulance arrival has been shown to dramatically improve survival rates in cardiac arrest victims, according to GFES, and the agency hopes to offer these courses to the staff of local businesses and organizations as well as individuals.

GFES is also authorized to provide AHA certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

These are certifications required of many EMS and hospital emergency room personnel.

“There was clearly a need in our community for access to quality CPR training as well as ACLS and PALS training for medical professionals in our region,” said Michael Jasumback, GFES medical director. “We are excited to fill this gap.”

GFES provides ambulance services in Cascade County and the City of Great Falls. GFES is a private company that is not subsidized with taxpayer funds.

Local or regional organizations that have questions or would like to schedule a class can call the GFES Ambulance Station at 406-453-5300.