County of Marin - News Releases - Sidewalk CPR

For Immediate Release
August 07, 2023

Free 15-minute Lifesaving Skills Training Offered to Marin County Residents

Critical assistance can save a life when emergencies arise

San Rafael, CA – Marin County Health and Human Services is hosting 12 free Sidewalk CPR events throughout the county on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing people of all ages the opportunity to learn critical lifesaving skills in 15 minutes or less.

During the trainings, participants will learn how to:

  • perform hands-only CPR;
  • operate an automated external defibrillator (AED);
  • administer Narcan nasal spray to reverse an overdose, and;
  • control bleeding when someone is injured.
A man on the left watches as a woman practices CPR on a large spongy block.The free trainings will take place all around Marin County, including at some farmers markets.

Those skills have the potential to make all the difference between life and death in emergency situations, when every second counts.

“Medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest or an overdose, can happen anytime, anywhere,” said Chris Le Baudour, Director of the Marin County Emergency Services Agency. “Marin’s Sidewalk CPR trainings aim to equip our community with the skills needed to help save a life. I thank our many partners for working with us to offer these critical lifesaving skills trainings for people of all ages in Marin County.”

Free Sidewalk CPR trainings will take place at the following locations on August 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Bon Air Shopping Center (Greenbrae)
  • Corte Madera Town Center
  • Marin Country Mart (Larkspur)
  • Montecito Plaza (San Rafael)
  • Muir Beach parking lot
  • Sausalito Ferry Terminal
  • Stinson Beach Fire Department
  • Target (Marin City)
  • Tiburon Ferry Terminal
  • The Depot (Mill Valley)
  • Toby’s Feed Barn (Pt. Reyes Station)
  • Vintage Oaks Shopping Center (Novato)

According to a recent study by the Marin County EMS Agency, nearly 90% of the almost 200 Marin County residents who experienced cardiac arrests away from a medical facility last year did not survive. Swift action is essential in such cases, as survival rates heavily rely on bystanders quickly initiating resuscitation and calling 911. Bystander CPR, particularly when administered immediately after cardiac arrest, has proven to increase the chance of survival by 60%.

Everyone is encouraged to help Marin become a community of lifesavers. Bring your friends and family out on Saturday, August 19 and help spread the word on social media using #MarinSidewalkCPR.  

Sidewalk CPR training is provided by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (Marin EMS), and OD FREE Marin.


Chris Le Baudour
Emergency Medical Services Administrator
Health and Human Services

1600 Los Gamos Drive
Suite 220
San Rafael, 94903
(415) 473-6833
Email: Chris Le Baudour
Marin HHS website