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Thousands of Brevardians to pack Space Coast Stadium's field for Hurricane Season safety event

Health First launches 'Operation Civilians Prepared to Respond'

Saturday, June 4, 2011

9 to 11 am

Space Coast Stadium

5800 Stadium Parkway, Viera, FL

***PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT ANY ADDITI0NAL REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE.

ROCKLEDGE, FL - With the start of another Hurricane Season, Health First is helping local residents stay safe and learn how to help themselves and others in the event of a major storm.

If severe storm or hurricane conditions delay emergency responders from coming to the rescue, will you know how to help someone who's having a heart attack?

On Saturday, June 4, from 9 to 11 am at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Health First will launch 'Operation Civilians Prepared to Respond' - or 'Operation CPR'.

'Operation CPR' is expected to include thousands of local residents who will fill the stadium's outfield for a mass lesson on the critical life-saving skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as the proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

"Health First has been serving this community as a locally operated healthcare provider for 15 years," said Health First President and CEO Mike Means. "As a long-time member of this community, Health First sees this as a responsibility to not only help residents who visit our hospitals, but everyone across the community. As a locally-based healthcare organization, we devote 100 percent of our resources to improving the health of this community. The people we will be training will be our own friends and neighbors."

Even in good weather, knowing CPR can be the difference between life and death at the office, in your home, or on your child's ball field. That is why, in addition to the training, Health First is also donating an AED to the youth sports league that brings the largest group to the free training event.

Individuals who complete the group training provided by The Training Center of Health First will receive a certificate for American Heart Association's "Friends and Family CPR Training", a free "Certified to Save a Life" T-shirt, one free ticket to the July 4th Brevard County Manatees game, as well as a certificate for a free personal gourmet pizza from Pizza Gallery & Grill.