Residents who want to learn CPR will get their chance during a free

training session Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Port Arthur Civic Center.

The training, sponsored by the Port Arthur Fire Department and Acadian

Ambulance Service, will be held in conjunction with the Port Arthur

Health Department’s annual health fair at the Port Arthur Bob Bowers

Civic Center.

An American Heart Association CPR certification session will be offered

from 8 to 11 a.m. Registration is required; to register, visit the fire

department’s web site at

An American Heart Association Friends-and-Family CPR demonstration with

hands-on training will be from noon to 12:30 p.m. The public is

invited; pre-registration is not required.

So far this year, the department has certified about 300 people with

American Heart Association CPR credentials.  In the past 18 months,

Port Arthur has purchased 18 automatic external defibrillators to be

placed throughout the city for use by the public.

Acadian will provide additional instructors and training equipment.

“Having as many people trained in CPR as possible is a tremendous asset

to a community,” said Mike Burney, Acadian’s vice president of

operations for Southeast Texas. “Acadian is very pleased to work with

the Port Arthur Fire Department to bring these free classes to the