Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mayor and Council receive life-saving CPR instruction

The Maricopa Fire Department took this week’s City Council meeting as an opportunity to do a hands-on demonstration with the mayor and council to show how one minute of training can save a life.

The one minute presentation, led by MFD’s Senior PIO/Paramedic/Firefighter Brad Pitassi, showed the council the basic techniques involved in saving a life. The PA played 70's disco hit Staying Alive as they worked on the CPR dummies in front of them. (The song has the perfect beat for the rhythm of heart compressions required to be effective)

The Fire Department also took the moment to announce that the City of Maricopa has installed AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in many of the city’s public buildings. These devices are self-contained and include step-by-step audio prompts on how to use them as well as ‘listen’ to the patient’s heart to determine if and when a shock is required.

While the demonstration coincided with the American Heart Association’s 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, the event was inspired by a recent real life incident that occurred just south of the city.  (See related story)

On January 11th, a two year-old girl, attending a swap meet with her parents, fell down a 6-foot septic tank. Bystanders that heard her mother’s screams rushed into action.  Two attendees dove head first into the tank and fished the child out.

When the girl was brought out, she was not breathing. Another visitor, with CPR training, performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her. The girl was revived while emergency personnel were still on their way to the scene.

When crews arrived, the child was responsive and was then transported to an area hospital with no ill effects of ordeal.  The actions of the bystanders were credited with saving the little girl’s life!

(Story and photos: Howard Waggner/Maricopa Community News)

Maricopa Firefighter Curto works with 15 year-old Bianca (L), and 12 year-old Amelia Manfredi on CPR training as well as basic use of the newly installed Automated External Defibrillator at Maricopa City Hall during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Maricopa Fire Department’s Senior PIO/Paramedic/Firefighter Brad Pitassi explains the benefits and ease of use of the newly installed Automated External Defibrillators to the Maricopa City Council during their February 4th meeting.

Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies investigate the septic tank that a little girl nearly perished in on January 11th, 2014. Quick work by bystanders was credited for saving her life. Their actions were later recognized by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu at a public ceremony in their honor later that week.

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