Residents at the Fiesta RV Resort in Bullhead City, Ariz., are a little safer, after 27 park residents took a CPR awareness class last week, according to the Mohave Valley News.
Firefighters from Fire Station Five were conducting a tour and fire pre-plan of Fiesta RV Resort, when they noticed that many of the residents were seniors. The guys even mentioned to each other that some of the residents were the age of their parents and grandparents.
They then thought about the health needs of these seniors, and the idea came up “let’s teach them all CPR.” Capt./Paramedic Dana Kern, Engineer/Paramedic Orlando Hartford, Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Mario Gutierrez and Firefighter/Paramedic Joel Howe made arrangements with the park management to conduct a free CPR class for residents and families.
The crew from Station Five, along with Medic Crew members Paramedic Aaron Pugh and Emergency Medical Technician Chad Imel, conducted a CPR class for 27 residents and family members. The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Continuous Cardiocerebral Resuscitation (CCR) with the proper use of an Automatic External Deliberation machine were presented to the participants. The CPR presented was the standard one-person or two-person method. The new CCR does not require breaths to the patient, just 100 chest compressions a minute.
The Automatic External Deliberation is a small machine that can read the heart and provide shocks to the patient’s heart.
The training included lecture, a PowerPoint presentation and demonstration. Then the participants were asked to get down on their knees and perform CPR on a mannequin. The CCR included performing continues chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute for at least two minutes.