Buckeye Fire Medical Rescue has become the first emergency agency in Arizona to adopt a proven approach for achieving and sustaining verified competence in high-quality CPR.
The agency is enrolling its firefighters and paramedics in the Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program, offered by the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical.
Buckeye firefighters and paramedics will begin the program starting on May 1, taking a significant step to improving outcomes during prehospital response to cardiac arrest events.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. annually.
About 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.
“Buckeye Fire is proud to have the distinction of becoming the first agency in the state to adopt the progressive resuscitation education solution,” said Buckeye Fire Chief Jake Rhoades. “Adopting this program fulfills our commitment to Buckeye residents to provide them with the best care possible, by preparing our firefighters and paramedics with effective, lifesaving interventions.”
Through participation in the program, Buckeye Fire receives continuous education in CPR skills through six simulation stations that are be placed at the six city fire stations. These stations will help improve survival rates of cardiac arrest patients, while saving the department time and money.=
To learn more about Buckeye Fire Medical Rescue and this program, visit buckeyeaz.gov/fire, heart.org and rqipartners.com to learn more about the program and the association’s digital resuscitation portfolio.
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