News Release: Calhoun County EMS along with funding from the Calhoun County Health Care Coalition now has AED's available to loan to the public and organizations within Calhoun County. Two AED's were purchased. One will be available at the Rockwell City EMS building, and the second will be available at the Calhoun County EMS station located at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital.

An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest, and if needed sends an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm. Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.Using an AED on someone who is having SCA(sudden cardiac arrest) may save the person's life. This program is to help provide AED's where they may be needed and improve awareness of communty and bystander CPR.

Events that may benefit from having an AED on site include weddings, family reunions, sporting events, festivals, etc. Requests for an AED must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Please complete an application and Release of Liability Form and return to Kerrie Hull at CCEMS or email Instructions for the use of the AED will be given at the time of pick-up.Individuals that will be there for the entire event must be trained in a minimum of compression only CPR and AED use. These individuals will be responsible for using the AED and returning it after the event.

There is no charge for the use of the AED unless the AED is not returned or damaged. The cost of replacement is $3000. Calhoun County EMS will maintain the AED's and provide for replacement supplies with the help of any grant funds or donations received in the future for this program.

For any questions regarding the program or to submit an application please contact Kerrie Hull, Calhoun County EMS, 501 Court St. in Rockwell City, Iowa. Phone number is (712)297-8619.

CPR and First Aid Training
Calhoun County EMS has many American Heart Association Instructors available for teaching CPR and First Aid courses.  The only charge is the cost of the certification card if needed.

Courses Available:
BLS for Healthcare Providers - intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or nonlicensed, health care providers such as:  EMT's; Physician Assistant's; Respiratory, Physical and Occupation Therapists; Medical or Nursing Students; Physicians, Dentists and Nurses.

Heartsaver CPR - intended for all individuals who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements including:  police, firefighters, security guards.  Also ideal for workplace training, where having trained lay reponders may prove invaluable for the safety of customers as well as employees including:  restaurants, shopping malls, day-care or senior centers, fitness centers, and swimming pools.

Heartsaver First Aid - intended for all individuals who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements including:  security personnel; camp counselors; police and firefighters; teachers and day-care workers; physical fitness trainers and any other individual who want or need first-aid training.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid - for all individuals involved in child care who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency  involving a child, including:  education and child-care professionals, recreation staff, police and firefighters.  Plus, caretakers who may not require a credential but who should be fully trained such as new parents and other guardians.

Family & Friends CPR and First Aid.  These programs are intended for members of the general public who would like to learn basic CPR and/or first aid.

Upcoming Events
CPR  Classes

June 4 – Health Care Provider
June 11 – Heart Saver
July 2 – Health Care Provider
July 9 – Heart Saver
Aug 6 – Health Care Provider
Aug 13 – Heart Saver
Sept 3 – Health Care Provider
Sept 10 – Heart Saver
Oct 1 – Health Care Provider
Oct 8 – Heart Saver
Nov 5 – Health Care Provider
Nov 12 – Heart Saver
Dec 3 – Health Care Provider
Dec 10  - Heart Saver
All at Rockwell City station starting at 6 p.m.

All classes are open to the public, and are taught by AHA Certified Instructors.
Fee is based upon the target audience-please ask for information.
Instructors are also scheduled EMS providers and may be subject to emergency calls.
If a certification card is needed, the cost of the card is an additional $6.00. 
Class Location is Calhoun County EMS Station-220 E. High Street, Rockwell City.
Classes subject to change. Please pre-register. First come-first serve basis.

Please call Calhoun County EMS at 712-297-8619 to register.