HeartSafe Community Education on heart safety and learning to be prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency have been goals of the Town of Danville as well as the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council for some time. Those goals bore fruit this week as the Town of Danville and the San Ramon Valley were designated a “HeartSafe Community.”

At a “Help A Heart Day” ceremony held in San Ramon, the Town was awarded the designation for the work that has been done for prevention and treatment programs in the area.

In order to receive the special commendation, the Town and its partners had to earn points or “heartbeats” for prevention efforts and treatment programs for victims who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

As part of the effort to become a HeartSafe Community the partners worked to increase awareness of the need for and benefit of CPR and worked to add to the number of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) available. AEDs have been placed in over 175 locations in the San Ramon Valley including schools, community centers and police vehicles.  In addition, over 600 people were trained in CPR during 2010.

The Town and its partners will be continuing on in their efforts to promote heart safety and awareness as well as working to further the spread of CPR and AEDs.

At their February meeting, the Town Council approved  a proclamation naming February as American Heart Month.

For more information on the HeartSafe Community, contact Town Emergency Services Manager Greg Gilbert at (925) 314-3700 or ggilbert@danville.ca.gov.