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Two Central Wisconsin fire departments team up for a cause

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WAUSAU (WAOW)---- February is American Heart Month and two groups in central Wisconsin are taking the opportunity to educate the community on how to help save the lives of others.

The Wausau and Stevens Point Fire Departments are spreading the word about cardiac arrest through their "Central Wisconsin CPR Challenge."

The goal is to teach others CPR, acquire more automated external defibrillators and raise money to put them in their communities.

"When we look at just training people, especially with hands only, it's a very simple procedure as long as they know what to address, what to look for and what signs,"said Wausau EMS Division Chief Scott Haback.

The departments are also making this a friendly competition by recording the number of citizens who get the CPR training.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation says that every year medical experts respond to more than 320,000 cardiac arrests, or the abrupt loss of a heart function.

If your business wants to be involved with the event, you can contact either the Stevens Point Fire Department (715) 344-1833 or Wausau Fire Department (715) 261-7900.

There have also been cardiac arrest survival funds set by the Foundations of Ministry Saint Clare's and Ministry Saint Michael's Hospitals. You can contact these hospitals if you would like to donate. The proceeds will help fund AEDs for organizations in the area.

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