SCAA Prepares for National Emergency Services Week

From: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

For Immediate Release




RESTON, VA, May 13, 2013—“EMS: One Mission, One Team,” is the theme of this year’s national Emergency Medical Services Week, May 19-25. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) and its chapters will be celebrating the heroism of the EMS, both paid and volunteer, and hope that the public will join SCAA’s efforts to increase awareness of the service of EMS, first responders and the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 

Each year, approximately 300,000 people suffer an SCA, which is an electrical disruption if the heart’s natural rhythm.  First responders and EMS play a critical told in the chain of survival.

SCAA has created the Pulse of Your Community Program to establish a program in which EMS Systems across the United States will be able to increase the public awareness of and reduce death from sudden cardiac arrest in their communities. The Pulse of Your Community Program will serve as a delivery model to heighten the awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, enhance each link in the Chain of Survival, increase public access to defibrillators within your community, implement school based educational programs, recognize EMS systems and professionals, and celebrate the survivors and cardiac arrest field saves across the United States.

EMS is often making first contact with patients in a time of most need, and SCAA welcomes and values their partnership in raising awareness of, and the public’s role, in increasing survival from SCA.


The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is the nation’s largest public advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to sudden cardiac arrest awareness and prevention. For more information, please visit

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