The “Lend a Hand, Save a Life” campaign kicked off Monday afternoon in Harrisburg.
It is a program designed to educate the general public on sudden cardiac arrest and train 250,000 people across the state in hands-only CPR.
The hands-only CPR method is a three-step process: call 911, push hard and fast in the center of the chest and use an automated external defibrillator.
The American Heart Association has recommended this method since 2008.
The program is a joint collaboration among the department’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Pennsylvania Heart Rescue Project and the American Heart Association.