FDNY Reaches CPR Instruction Milestone

Over 600 free classes held in all five boroughs

 

 
 
 

Fire Department City of New York | | Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The FDNY and NYC Service announced a big milestone on Aug. 16: more than 12,000 New Yorkers were trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) this year.

To be more specific, 12,346 people were directly educated by members of the FDNY's CPR Training Unit between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. They held 689 free classes in all five boroughs, with the students pledging to themselves train an additional 42,073 of their friends and family members. This far exceeded the goal set by the City last year.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition that strikes more than 250,000 Americans each year, the vast majority of whom do not survive.  The time lapse between victim collapse and the start of CPR can mean life or death. Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims rely on three critical steps: calling 911, immediately starting CPR and defibrillation to restart the heart.

"It's so simple, you can learn CPR in five to ten minutes," said EMT Pablo Vazquez, who taught a group of volunteers this life-saving skill on Aug. 16 at the Hunts Point Library in the Bronx. "This program has been a success because New Yorkers want to help others in their time of need."

"This program is all about volunteers wanting to help," saidNew York City's Chief Service Officer, Diahann Billings-Burford. "We're making it easy."




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, bystander CPR, cpr, FDNY EMS

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Mechanical CPR is Producing Resuscitation Results Beyond Expectations

Discover why clinical studies are finding mechanical CPR just as effective as optimally-performed CPR.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

New York Boys Rescued from Snow Pile

Plow accidentally covers Newberg boys.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Technology Helps Missouri Ambulances

Strategic GPS tracking helps in Springfield.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Profile: Hospital Wing Air Ambulance

Take a look inside this Memphis service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Violence, Arson in Ferguson

Crowds in Ferguson and elsewhere react to decision.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

California Bus Rollover

One killed and dozens injured.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Buffalo Residents Dig Out and Prepare for Flooding

Flooding expected as heavy snow melts.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >