Richland Launches Heart Safe Community Initiative
The City of Richland Fire & Emergency Services Department is launching Heart Safe Richland, an initiative to teach Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Richland citizens.
Their goal is to educate at least 10% of the population and reduce the number of cardiac arrest related deaths within the City and the greater Tri-Cities area. Richland firefighters are offering 30-minute training opportunities to schools, businesses, organizations and Home Owners Associations. There will also be public trainings for individuals, families and small groups in the coming months.
Hands-only CPR participants learn where to place their hands, how hard they must push, and the best consistent rhythm when compressing the chest. Practical use of Hands-Only CPR and the use of an AED reduces public fear and places importance on the willingness of bystanders to act in a cardiac arrest emergency. Oftentimes, when emergencies arise, the trained individual will most likely be attempting to save the life of a loved one, or acquaintance.
The City of Richland is kicking off the initiative to coincide with this week’s National CPR and AED Awareness Week.
For more information, including frequently asked questions and an instructional video, visit www.heartsaferichland.com or call the station 942-7703.