City kicks off CPR initiative
LANCASTER – Last week Lancaster Fire Department kicked off its cardiopulmonary resuscitation initiative.
“It is our goal to teach every city employee CPR,” stated Fire Chief Thomas Griffith.
The Lancaster city council and staff were the first to receive the CPR instruction at a recent city council work session where they were asked to go home and teach 10 more people what they had learned. With all members, this would teach an additional 80 people a lifesaving technique from just one exercise.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of people in our area according to the recent press release sent out from LFD.
Irreversible brain damage can occur in 4-5 minutes. CPR,if begun immediately, can increase survivability by up to 50 percent.
Captain Dee Dee Hillary stated 75 – 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home and is encouraging everyone to protect your family and your friends and learn CPR.
For more information about the CPR Initiative call 972-218-2604.