On Thursday, American Medical Response paramedics and emergency medical technicians held seven events around San Joaquin County and trained about 675 residents how to save a life using chest compression-only CPR. It was part of the inaugural AMR World CPR Challenge during which 140 AMR operations in 40 states plus Trinidad and Tobago and India trained more than 51,000 people overall. You can read more about it here at www.worldcprchallenge.com. “Compression-only CPR performed by a bystander can more than double the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim, so there’s a strong chance that someone we trained this week will save a life in the future,” said David Durand with AMR’s Stockton-based center. “As the leading emergency medical services company in the country, we feel that training people to provide life-saving CPR is one way we can make an important difference in this community.” Participants in the event were trained to perform compression-only CPR in about five minutes. Nationally, more than 300 separate training events were held. The two largest were at the Ballpark in Arlington during a Texas Rangers game and Turner Field during an Atlanta Braves game. Other AMR operations trained thousands at middle and high schools, shopping malls and outdoor venues.