Riverview resident Julie Tyson wants to teach you how to save a life.

Tyson, who served in the National Guard for six years and has 10 years experience in law enforcement, and her husband, own Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety, offering classes in Basic Life Support (BLS), CPR, use of an AED, Blood Borne Pathogens (BBG) and first aid.

“Throughout both of our adult lives we’ve continuously trained in Combat Life Saver and CPR, courses,” said Tyson, who has a three-year-old daughter. “With our many years of training, and this is something that we are very passionate about, we knew we had a skill that we wanted to share with people.”

Classes are taught from the American Heart Association, EMS Safety, Medic First Aid and American Safety and Health Institute curriculum and are typically three to four hours long. Although the business is based in Riverview, Tyson will travel throughout the area to offer trainings to groups ranging in size from one to 24 people. She feels it can be a great team building event for offices and groups.

“We believe that everyone should know CPR,” said Tyson. “Our military and first responder background allows us to give you a different perspective and it allows us to show you that anyone can do CPR. You don’t have to be a nurse or doctor, you just have to be willing to learn the skills so that you are better prepared and confident to act if/when you are presented with a situation.”

Tyson also teaches classes to teenagers and believes that even children can be exposed to CPR training.

“The wonderful thing about CPR is that there is no minimum age to learn it,” she said. “It is based on competency and each student will need to perform the skills appropriately to obtain a certification.”

During a recent class for Osprey Observer team members, Tyson told attendees that four out of five cardiac arrests happen in the home. She uses this fact and the large number of homes with pools in the area to encourage residents to take the importance of learning CPR seriously.

“CPR training has changed over the years, so it was wonderful to have a great instructor take the time to answer all of our questions with her years of experience,” said Osprey Observer Engagement Coordinator Rachael Andrews. “I learned so much and feel ready to jump in and help with infant, child and adult CPR and even how to use an AED machine.”

For more information on Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety, call (208) 631-0176 or visit www.jewelssafety.com.

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Kate Quesada is the Multimedia Manager for the Osprey Observer Newspapers. She has been working for the paper in various positions since 2005 when she graduated with her Masters degree in mass communications. She lives in Valrico with her husband Mike and son Dylan.