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New-Car Dealers Breathe Life Into CPR Training Program

posted Jun 25, 2015, 7:19 AM by Justin Eberly   [ updated Jun 25, 2015, 8:41 PM ]
New Kingstown, PA – The training program of Silver Spring Ambulance & Rescue Association was greatly enhanced when Motor Truck Equipment, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, presented a Pediatric Resusci Anne CPR training unit.

“If the right kind of treatment can be given to a victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved,” said Mr. John Devlin, President, of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association. “CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while waiting for professional help to arrive.”

There has been an increase in the number of survivors from ventricular fibrillation as a result of increased CPR training across the country. The training typically takes three to five hours of intensive practice and lectures.

In accepting the CPR training unit, Justin Eberly, Assistant Chief and CPR Program Coordinator of Silver Spring Ambulance & Rescue Association said they plan to train 100+ people each year. This excludes the many demonstrations of Hands-Only CPR at community events throughout the year.

In addition to certification courses, they plan to utilize the pediatric CPR unit for continuing education of emergency medical providers. Silver Spring Ambulance was honored earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council for meeting the “Master” level recognition of quality pre-hospital pediatric emergency medical care. A new pediatric CPR unit will assist in maintaining the standards of this highly regarded recognition.

Since NADA Foundation’s Medical Grants Program began in 1975, more than 4,600 CPR training units with value of about $3 million have been donated to organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. More than 2 million people have been trained on CPR units donated by new-car dealers.

About the National Automotive Dealers Charitable Foundation

The NADA Foundation, established in 1975, is the philanthropic arm of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Funds contributed by new-car and -truck dealers and friends of the industry provide financial support to schools, private colleges and universities, emergency disaster relief and community service programs. For more information, visit or call (800) 248-6232, Ext. 7233. 

The NADA Story 

NADA has been the voice of the dealer since 1917. That's when 30 auto dealers traveled 
to the nation's capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with more than 32,000 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit 

About Silver Spring Ambulance & Rescue Association

Silver Spring Ambulance & Rescue Association provides emergency medical services within the primary service area of Silver Spring Township and segments of Middlesex Township located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Silver Spring Ambulances provide Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency medical services responding to 911 emergency dispatches. Silver Spring Ambulance partners with Paramedics from Holy Spirit Emergency Medical Services for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services.