Unfortunately, in the current fiscal environment, many fire departments have been forced to cut back on these potentially lifesaving programs, along with others.
While there is no question that a timely response from well-trained and certified basic/advanced life support providers is critical for successful patient outcomes after cardiac arrest events, think about the benefit of having more CPR-trained citizens throughout our communities; to complement, not replace, our volunteer and career first responders.
Particularly during these difficult economic times, it's important that we take a holistic approach to providing essential fire and emergency services. In many cases this can include making more of our citizens part of the overall fire-EMS response system.
About the author
With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel — FireRescue1's editorial advisor — is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.
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