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BCC and BRPC Offer Free 'Choke Saver' Training Certification
08:12AM / Monday, January 09, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will offer a free Choke Saver Training class offered on various dates in several locations throughout Berkshire County.  
The 75-minute class provides participants with a two-year certification. 
Local businesses, such as restaurants, that are required to have Choke Safe certified individuals on site are particularly encouraged to participate. Space is limited; each class can accept up to 30 students. 
Classes will be held on Mondays from 10:15–11:30 am on the following dates:
  • Jan. 9 at the Great Barrington Fire Station, 67 State Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
  • Jan. 23 at 413 Bistro, 40 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247
  • Feb. 27 at Berkshire Palate, 297 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
  • March 13 at 413 Bistro, 40 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247
  • April 10 at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
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Massachusetts law requires at least one employee to be trained in Approved Manual Choke Saving Procedures, which include the Heimlich Maneuver and Sequence of Obstructed Airway Maneuvers, for all food service establishments with 25 seats or more on-premises when food is being served.
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