Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Learning Hands-Only CPR was probably not on anyone’s bucket list for their vacation to Denali National Park.

But when volunteers with McKinley Volunteer Fire Department set up a couple stations in the Denali Park area and offered free lessons in this lifesaving technique, at least 70 visitors took time to give it a try.

The volunteers set up tables at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and in another spot in the canyon area. For the four volunteers, it was the perfect way to celebrate EMS Week.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without the mouth-to-mouth breaths. It consists of two easy steps and is intended for people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out of hospital” setting. The first step is to call 911. The second step is to begin chest compressions, according to the American Heart Association.

Hands-Only CPR carried out by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as CPR with breaths in the first few minutes for adults.

This free event was so successful, another is planned for later in the summer.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.