Give us 5 minutes and we’ll give you the ability to help save the life of someone you know! That’s the philosophy behind Rancho Cucamonga Fire’s “Hands-Only CPR” campaign which kicks off on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at all fire stations. It only takes 5 minutes to learn so residents are encouraged to stop by their neighborhood fire station between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a brief tutorial on how to do hands-only CPR.
The American Heart Association introduced “Hands-Only CPR” in 2008 and it has proven to be as effective as traditional CPR. Many people are hesitant to learn CPR for fear that they may do something wrong, but firefighter/paramedics assure them that the only way to harm someone is to do nothing at all.
Providing CPR immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can increase, even triple, the chance of survival of someone who has a heart attack. Unfortunately, today’s data shows that only 30-35% of heart attack victims receive CPR from bystanders. With 80% of cardiac arrests occurring at home, that means that the life you might save may be someone you love.
The week of June 2-8, 2013 is National CPR Week and Rancho Cucamonga Fire officials are hoping to train hundreds of residents in Hands-Only CPR their kick-off event on June 6th. RCFD’s Hands-Only CPR campaign will continue throughout the year with demonstrations at various community events.