Otter Tail County (Northwestern Minnesota) Chapter
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The Otter Tail County Chapter works with the Midwest Survivors Network to implement defibrillators in schools, churches, police cruisers, and ambulances. Chapter leader Randy Fischer, who oversees the operations of ambulance service in the Otter Tail area, has long been involved with AED access programs and SCA awareness. He has also been a leader in the CPR/AED field, including the coordination of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training for paramedics, paramedic students, physicians, and nurses.
Ringdahl EMS and Stevens County EMS in conjunction with the SCAA-Western MN Chapter, are providing a FREE Hands-Only CPR and AED classes at five of their locations in Minnesota and North Dakota as part of EMS Week 2012.
The ambulance companies are providing instructors, refreshments, and equipment to train the public in Hands-Only CPR and how to use an AED. Their "How To Save A Life" program has trained over 5,000 people in the last four years.
We hope to train many more on Wednesday May 23, 2012 in: Fergus Falls, MN at Ringdahl Ambulance - 214 East Junius Ave.
In addition, Ringdahl EMS and Stevens County EMS have donated a new Philips OnSite Automatic External Defibrillator and will give it away to a lucky participant at one of the class locations. To be eligible, you must LIKE US on facebook, attend the training on May 23, 2012 at one of the five locations, sign up at 7:00 PM for the drawing, and you MUST be present at 8:00 PM for the drawing to win. Even if you do not win the AED, you still win because you learned a life-saving skill and may just save someones life! Everyone should learn CPR and how to use an AED.
Does your ambulance or EMS agency want to participate in this event? Contact SCAA - Western MN Chapter for more information and our assistance in promoting your CPR and AED FREE training to the public.
STEVENS COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE TEACHES PEOPLE "HOW TO SAVE A LIFETM" Innovative 30-minute program designed to teach people CPR, increase AED awareness. In just 30 minutes you can learn what to do in the first critical minutes of an emergency that might save your life or that of a friend, co-worker or family member. Stevens County Ambulance and EMS Training in conjunction with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is offering our How To Save A LifeTM presentation free of charge to interested organizations, businesses and groups. To schedule the presentation for your organization contact Stevens County Ambulance & EMS Training at 320-589-7421 or call Josh at 320-241-3971. Stevens County Ambulance & EMS Training is also making $100 grants available to chamber members to assist with the purchase of an AED. Businesses and organizations that call during the month of May to schedule the How To Save a LifeTM presentation are eligible for this funding. So call today and learn how to save a life!
Teaching How to Save A Life:
As part of Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month this October, Stevens County EMS is stepping up its outreach efforts and working to improve SCA survival rates by increasing community awareness education and working with local and state partners to collect data and implement the most current research on SCA treatment.
If funded we will engage in additional meetings to develop, implement, and choose the requested equipment for the agencies and develop training schedules. The grant request is entirely funded through private donations, grants, and cash which will require $0.00 from your local fire department, city, police department or first responder agency to participate in the grant.
Contact: Gary Wilde or Randy Fischer for more information if needed.
Letters of support - City of Elizabeth Fire Department AFG REGIONAL project grant application - EMS cardiac arrest survival project.
This regional grant includes agencies in western Otter Tail County and a portion of Wilken County around the Rothsay area. It includes 14 EMS agencies in Fergus Falls, Elizabeth, Rothsay, Pelican Rapids, Vergas, Dent, Underwood, Battle Lake, and the Otter Tail County sheriff's department.
The project intends to increase cardiac arrest survival rates through improved equipment, training, and development of standard consistent approaches across multiple emergency services.
Equipping Fire, Police, sheriff, and ambulance EMS responders with cardiac monitors, AEDs, cardiac response kits, mechanical compression units, and specific EMS training and approaches that have been successful at increasing survival rates of out of hospital cardiac arrests from less than seven percent to over 20 percent. The direct impact could be an additional 2.1 lives annually saved by implementation of this project in our identified region.
PLEASE send a letter TODAY supporting our Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) REGIONAL grant request, mail to:
CLICK HERE for a sample letter that you can simply place on your letterhead and include your name and edit as you like. Sign and send ASAP.
Letters can also be written on your own and sent to the following address:
RE: Elizabeth, MN Fire Department REGIONAL GRANT for EMS cardiac arrest survival project
R. David Paulison, Administrator
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214 E. Junius
P.O. Box 462
Fergus Falls, MN 56538
Phone: (218) 731-8216