On Sunday July 10, 19 members of the Big Sky Chapel attended an afternoon training on their newest addition to the chapel, a Philips Heartstart Defibrillator.

The chapel recently purchased this defibrillator and took it upon themselves to be fully ready in case it ever needs to be put to use. Staff from Big Sky Fire Department were on site to facilitate teaching CPR as well as to teach the participants how to use the new defibrillator.

Hands-only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth to mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.

A defibrillator or AED is an external electrical device that provides a shock to the heart when there is a life-threatening arrhythmia present. The goal of this shock is to jump start the heart back into a healthy rhythm.

For more information on hands only CPR or to schedule a class to learn hands only CPR contact the Big Sky Fire Department at 995-2100.