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Red Cross, Starting Hearts announce partnership

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DENVER — The American Red Cross of Colorado and Starting Hearts have entered into a strategic partnership in an effort to expand the availability of lifesaving training in Colorado.

Starting Hearts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving more lives by increasing awareness of sudden cardiac arrest through CPR and automated external defibrillator training and access programs, as well as deploying AEDs throughout the public domain. The American Red Cross is a leader in training people on lifesaving techniques such as CPR and on AEDs. The partnership authorizes Starting Hearts to provide Red Cross CPR and AED training as a licensed training provider throughout Colorado. Starting Hearts will conduct certification classes utilizing Red Cross content and, through its community outreach programs, will increase its offerings for CPR and AED training across the state.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Red Cross to reach more people with our lifesaving training,” said Linda Krikorian, account representative for the preparedness, health and safety services of the American Red Cross. “Starting Hearts will help us do that in Colorado.”

“The Red Cross has a storied history of providing state-of-the-art training based on solid medical science,” said Alan Himelfarb, executive director for Starting Hearts. “We are excited to be part of that tradition to help save more lives through CPR and AED training. With the help of our Red Cross associates, we will expand our efforts and activities to train more citizens throughout the state.”

To learn more about CPR and AED training or to take a class, visit http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class or startinghearts.org/all-events/category/cpr-training/.