On December 6, 2007, Congress passed a bill that designated the first week in June as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Week.” This designation is intended to promote the necessity of CPR and AED training and to reduce death from sudden cardiac arrest.
The first week of June is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. This week is designed to bring attention to the importance of CPR and AED training.
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and a new annual Boston tradition declared by Mayor Marty Walsh as “One Boston Day.” It provides us with the opportunity to remember all the victims and survivors of the horrible tragedy that took place on Marathon Monday in Boston, Massachusetts. It also offers the opportunity to reflect upon the bravery demonstrated by the fearless first responders who arrived on the scene that day.
As wildfires increase in frequency and intensity, fire fighters are utilizing all available technology to combat these dangerous infernos and keep their crews safe.
September is National Preparedness Month, and with it comes the reminder to plan ahead for the chance of hazards and disasters in our everyday lives. Although these occurrences are unlikely for many of us, it is important to prepare for emergencies that can affect our families, homes, and communities.
A team of Good Samaritans and public safety professionals saved the life of a 5-month-old boy yesterday by performing CPR on a busy Miami highway. Pamela Rauseo realized something was wrong with her nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, and immediately pulled her car to the left side of the highway. After taking him out of his car seat and realizing that he was not responding, Rauseo "tried to call 911, but I was just so nervous my hands wouldn't function." Fortunately, after screaming for help, a handful of people (also stuck in traffic) stopped to help. After a Good Samaritan performed CPR, the infant began breathing again on his own. He stopped breathing once more before being taken in an ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to Rauseo, Sebastian de la Cruz is in critical condition today, but is expected to survive.
A North Carolina fire fighter has developed an app for Google Glass that he hopes will enable first responders to save time during an emergency. As a "Google Explorer," Patrick Jackson is a member of Google's Glass Explorer Program, which allows him to test the wearable technology before it goes to market. Right now, his app is geared towards assisting fire fighters in the field by displaying important information hands-free at the fire fighter's command. Relevant and timely information may include: dispatch data, location of emergency, nearest fire hydrants, etc.
As we venture into a new year this week, we thought this news story from Boston, Massachusetts, was only fitting to share.