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August 2019

During the week of August 6, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Division II and IV firefighters participated in National Night Out events throughout their respected cities.

Divisions II and IV Firefighters Participate in National Night Out Events

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By Kaelyn Floyd

During the week of August 6, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Division II and IV firefighters participated in National Night Out events throughout their respected cities. These annual community-building events feature safety tips, fun activities and entertainment to promote positive relationships between residents and public safety officers.

LACoFD set up booths to educate the communities about the resources provided in their areas and fire safety. Residents were eager to meet local firefighters and learn life saving skills, such as hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Local law enforcement agencies also participated in the fun, building long lasting positive relationships with community members.

Since August 1984, communities across the United States have been participating in National Night Out to prevent crime and drug activity through community awareness. This campaign is officially recognized on the first Tuesday of August but is celebrated during the entire month.

On August 11, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Emergency Medical Services Bureau (EMSB) and Training Services Division won the National Association of EMS Physicians CPR video contest that challenged EMS professionals to help educate the public on sidewalk or (bystander) CPR.

LACoFD Wins the NAEMSP CPR Challenge with “Can’t Stop Compressing”

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On August 11, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Emergency Medical Services Bureau (EMSB) and Training Services Division won the National Association of EMS Physicians CPR video contest that challenged EMS professionals to help educate the public on sidewalk or (bystander) CPR.  “We wanted the song and the video to be fun, current, educational, and catchy… and that there will be someone out there someday singing “Can’t Stop Compressing” to help them perform CPR,” said, Yun Son Kim, LACoFD Quality Improvement Coordinator and Lifeguard Division Nurse Educator.

The goal of the challenge was to illustrate CPR best practices using songs that feature 100 to 120 beats-per-minute (bpm).  “We have a very serious job, especially when it comes to discussing topics such as cardiac arrest management.  It was fun to bring a little levity to the topic while trying to educate our peers and the public about CPR,” added Nicole Steeneken LACoFD, EMSB Quality Improvement Director.

Songs that feature 100-120 bpm can better demonstrate the proper rate for chest compressions.  To view the winning LACoFD “Can’t Stop Compressing” video, visit https://vimeo.com/339035901.

Please see below for a list of additional songs that can be used when trying to learn CPR.

  • “Rumour Has It” – Adele – 120 bpm
  • “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper – 120 bpm
  • “Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira – 100 bpm
  • “Work It” – Missy Elliott – 102 bpm
  • “Suddenly I See” – KT Tunstall – 100 bpm
  • “Crazy” – Gnarls Barkley – 112 bpm