Hundreds learn the key to “Staying Alive”
CPR Saturday event trains residents in critical lifesaving techniques
Over 200 citizens from Danville and throughout the San Ramon Valley turned out Saturday to get some hands on training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a vital lifesaving skill, during the first ever “CPR Saturday” event.
CPR Saturday is an event put on by the HeartSafe Initiative, a partnership of several different groups intended to give more residents the tools they will need in order to be able to save a life in an emergency situation. Danville Emergency Services Coordinator Greg Gilbert said he was very pleased that they had such a high turnout for the inaugural event and he feels that the knowledge participants gained will help the entire community.
Adults and children as young as 12, attended the free training at Monte Vista High School and Iron Horse Middle School over the course of several hours Saturday. Students came away with a host of valuable skills such as recognizing a cardiac arrest; proper time and methods of giving chest compressions; utilizing the 9-1-1 and EMS system; and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Gilbert said that the number of residents trained in CPR and the correct usage of AEDs in any community is low, but that by having events such as CPR Saturday, they are hoping to see those numbers increase.
The Town of Danville has been very active in providing the AED devices at public facilities throughout Town, most recently installing the devices at the three middle school Teen Centers in town. Gilbert said that just in the past three years they have increased the number of AEDs in the San Ramon Valley from 30 to over 200.
The Heartsafe Community Initiative Committee would like to thank all the organizations helping to make this event possible. Partners with the Town of Danville in the CPR Saturday event include the City of San Ramon, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, the American Heart Association, San Ramon Regional Hospital, John Muir Medical Center, Kaiser Hospital of Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services.