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The Eau Claire Police Department will request $12,000 to send local 911 dispatchers to training for a new mandate requiring that all emergency operators in the state be able to tell people over the phone how to perform CPR.

On Tuesday, the City Council will vote on approving the police department’s effort to get the grant money from the state Department of Health Services.

“It’s an invaluable service for our dispatchers to provide to Eau Claire County,” said Lt. Derek Thomas of the police department.

In addition to CPR, Thomas said the training also will teach dispatchers how to instruct bystanders through the Heimlich maneuver, delivering a child, controlling bleeding and administering the anti-overdose drug Narcan.

Tuesday is the deadline to request the grant money and local dispatchers would be sent to the training within the next two months.

Thomas noted that many local dispatchers already are trained in how to instruct people on how to render emergency aid over the phone to people before an ambulance arrives, but a recent state law required all to be trained and certified.

Approved last spring by the state government, Act 296 mandated the CPR training plus recertification every two years.

Other Business

Also during this week’s City Council meeting:

• The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St., is seeking an alcohol license so it can begin selling locally-made beer, wine and liquor later this spring.

• Rezoning requests will be introduced for a small park and garden area on vacant land along First Avenue and a new UW-Eau Claire visitor’s center and admissions building, but are not slated for discussion or action for two weeks.

• The usual 7 p.m. Monday council meeting, which typically includes public hearings and discussions, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.

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