Firefighters/EMTS cruise town to offer 'hands-only' CPR training|
|You never know when you may need to be—or need—a lifesaver.|
That was the focus Wednesday, as Antigo firefighter/paramedics John Krueger and Adam Finn set out to educate as many people in the community as possible on the importance of a technique known as “hands-only CPR.”
Krueger and Finn traveled along the Antigo boardwalk and trail system and visited parks and other facilities to teach the simple, compression-only techniques that could save a life in the case of a cardiac attack or other life-threatening emergency.
“We were able to target approximately 50 people on the walk way as well as at some area businesses,” Krueger said. “Compression-only CPR is easy to learn and dramatically increases the chance that a cardiac arrest victim will survive. Having bystanders who are willing to perform CPR can also help make our community safer.”
Those participating were instructed on the importance and the procedure of performing hands-only CPR as they practiced on a rescue mannequin to the beat of “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees. After each willing participant performed their turn, they were given an instructional safety-minder refrigerator magnet.
“Their reward was really their ability to feel a little more comfortable if a situation arose where life-saving efforts may be required,” Krueger said.
Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting, such as at home, at work or in a park, and consists of two easy steps:
1. Call 9-1-1, or send someone to do that.
2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and "Stayin' Alive" has the right beat for hands-only CPR
This event ran in conjunction with National Emergency Medical Services Week and included fire and EMS agencies worldwide. Last year over 54,000 people took part, Krueger said.
Antigo firefighter/paramedics John Krueger and Adam Finn teach hands-only CPR skills to Red Robin athletes at Kretz Bros. Park Wednesday.