The Milton First Aid Squad held an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED class on Saturday, May 18. Chief James Perrier, the lead instructor for 12 Jefferson residents and EMS members, has been involved with the squad for 22 years and has served as chief for the last two.

The course is not a fundraising project for the squad. The fee is kept affordable as a way for community members to learn lifesaving techniques that could fill the few “golden minutes” after calling 911 and before the ambulance arrives.

“We want people to be able to take steps to perform lifesaving measures before the First Aid Squad arrives,” said Perrier, “because those first few minutes can be the most important in an emergency situation.”

The four-hour class (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) was held at the Milton First Aid Squad building. It covered all aspects of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, juveniles, children, and infants as well as the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Two of the students were Vinnie Corsaro and his daughter, Corey Corsaro Mullins. He was there to keep his training current, and she came to earn initial certification.

For information on future classes, contact Perrier at the First Aid Squad (chief@miltonfirstaidsquad.org or 973-697-2197).

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