Photos by the Los Angeles Fire Department and LACoFD PIO.
By Kaelyn Floyd
In honor of national Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Awareness week, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) partnered with the County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the American Heart Association to host the annual Sidewalk “Hands-Only” CPR Day on Tuesday, June 5.
The lively event took place at Universal Studios City Walk and featured a flash mob dancing to the tune of Stayin’ Alive, a song known for matching the optimum CPR rhythm of 100 chest compressions per minute. Several other locations in Southern California hosted life-saving CPR training to educate the public. The ultimate goal is for citizens to be able treat victims suffering from cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive.
“Life-saving CPR maintains critical circulation of the heart and brain and keeps the patient viable, and allows our (first responder’s) interventions to work,” said Medical Director Clayton Kazan, M.D. to the audience before CPR trainings began. “Don’t be afraid to act. We know it is scary but your courage to act can make all the difference to the patient and their family.”