Take 10 to save a life with Camano Island Fire and Rescue – May 11, 2017

Camano Island Fire and Rescue is teaching 10-minute CPR classes outside the Camano Plaza IGA (370 N. East Camano Dr.) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 22-26. The event is called “Take 10 to Save a Life” and is held in conjunction with National EMS Week and the World CPR Challenge.

Community members are encouraged to take 10 minutes out of their day to learn how to do adult compression, hands only CPR to save a life. Participants will be shown a brief video, and then practice the technique on a dummy for the remainder of their time. Firefighters will be on hand to provide one-to-one instruction.

“It takes us an average of 7 ½ minutes to reach someone in a medical emergency – sometimes longer for the extreme south end of the island,” says Community Paramedic Jim Reinhardt. “Having a community member administer CPR while we’re on our way greatly increases someone’s chance of survival and making a full recovery.”

Cardiac arrest unexpectedly takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Studies show that survival rates from a heart attack can be doubled or tripled if CPR is administered until emergency medical services arrive.

Traditional CPR required mouth-to-mouth breathing in addition to chest compressions. But, Reinhardt says physicians with the American Heart Association have since changed those guidelines.

“In an adult or a teen in cardiac arrest, chest compression by itself is, for a short time, just as helpful as traditional CPR.”  He adds:  “Once our EMS team arrives, we take over and then provide advanced cardiac arrest treatments including breathing support for the victim.  However, without bystander chest compressions being performed, the victim’s chance of survival rapidly drops to zero”.

The fire district invites the public to join Camano Island Fire & Rescue Firefighters for this important project.

National Emergency Medical Service Week (May 21-27, 2017) brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”

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Camano Island Fire and Rescue is an all-hazards response agency providing fire suppression, emergency medical service, technical and marine rescue to 20,000 people over 40 square miles. Fifty-three full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters respond to an average of 1,800 calls per year. For more information, contact Chief Michael Schick at mschick@camanofire.com or (360) 387-1512.