KC and other fire departments cooperate on ‘hands-only’ CPR training for residents

07/29/2014 9:25 PM

07/29/2014 9:25 PM

The Kansas City Fire Department wants residents to stay heart safe by learning hands-only CPR.

“This is a metro-wide initiative through the Heart of America Fire Chiefs,” said James Garrett, public information officer for the fire department. “The local fire departments along with local hospitals are working to get this together.”

Continuous chest compression or hands-only CPR has been the American Heart Association’s preferred method since 2008. The department has trained hundreds of Scouts and other citizens in hands-only CPR since May.

“What we’re trying to do in the metro area is to make Kansas City safer and make sure you have a great chance of survival,” said Garrett.

Training takes 15 to 20 minutes and can be done at fire departments or other locations.

“When you perform regular CPR, you have to stop pumping the victim’s chest to give a breath. Science shows that this interruption causes problems,” said Kansas City Deputy Fire Chief Tom Collins, who helped develop the program.

“High-quality, uninterrupted chest compressions will pump and circulate more oxygen into a victim’s chest, which is most vital when helping a victim.”

How to sign up

Interested groups and businesses wanting to take the Continuous Chest Compression training should call the Kansas City Fire Department at 816-784-9200, sign up online at www.hoaheartsafe.org, or call their local fire department.

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