The training program of the Logan County Emergency Medical System was enhanced last week when Paris Ford and the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, presented a Ressusci Anne CPR training unit to the county’s EMS.

“CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while waiting for professional help to arrive,” Joe Schluterman, President of Paris Ford, said. “If the right kind of treatment can be given to the victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved.”

Schluterman, a member of the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors, said new car dealers like Paris Ford have devoted much time and money to the development of projects that enrich the lives of people and their communities.

James Green, the director of Logan County’s EMS, said the new unit will be put to use to train people in CPR. There has been an increase in the number of survivors from ventricular fibrillation as a result of increased CPR training across the country, according to a new release announcing the presentation of the unit. The release also states that CPR training typically takes three to five hours of intensive practice and lectures.

Since the NADA Foundation’s Medical Grants program began, more than 5,000 CPR training units with a value of more than $3 million have been donated to organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. More than two million people have been trained on CPR units donated by new car dealers.