Waterloo Fire Rescue is offering free CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to local church groups in an effort to better prepare people to execute this life-saving intervention in public gatherings. This free course is meant to teach people how to keep someone alive until EMS arrives.
This free course will offer adult and infant CPR, infant choking and proper automated external defibrillator (AED) use, which is the device used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest that is sometimes mounted on the wall.
The hands-on portion of the class will be 30-45 minutes with an in-person instructor led practice on mannequins. The course will involve hands-on practice, in-person instructor teaching and a PowerPoint presentation.
If a church group is interested, please call 319-291-4460 to sign up at least two weeks in advance.
Lock Box Program
The department is currently taking applications for residents who would benefit from a lock box program, intended for people who may be unable to unlock their door in the event of an emergency. The lock box will be secured to the residence and can only be opened by members of Waterloo Fire Rescue. Occupants would need to provide a spare key that can be placed inside the lock box.
This free program is limited to those in greatest need. Simply fill out the online application, and a member from the department will be in contact.
Smoke Detector Program
The American Red Cross has donated smoke detectors to the community members of Waterloo who do not currently have the recommended number of working smoke detectors in their home. The ideal applicant for this free program is an individual, or family, who is unable to provide and/or install the recommended amount of smoke detectors in their current residence. Once an online application is approved, members of Waterloo Fire Rescue will come to the residence and install detectors free of charge.
To apply for this program, fill out the online application here and a member of the department will be in contact with you.