Fire Rescue Department
The Sandy Springs Fire Department launched on December 29, 2006. Department employees were recruited from across the metro area and are cross-trained to perform varied jobs duties. All firefighters are Class B licensed and their state-of-art trucks are outfitted with GPS units.
One of the main goals of the department is to provide a state-of-the-art first response system for medical emergencies. The system being established uses the newly updated evidence-based recommendations set by the American Heart Association for treating acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), sudden cardiac death and stroke care. The Sandy Springs Fire Department is working with emergency physicians from Emory Hospital to take the lead in providing a comprehensive community-wide program for the treatment of sudden cardiac death. The Fire/EMS response rate has significantly improved due to new equipment and having more services, such as EMS capabilities, thus the response times have significantly improved. There are now Quick Response Vehicles, or QRVs, at all four Sandy Springs fire stations, whose personnel are trained EMTs.
Training is also an important aspect in our public safety model. For the third year in a row, the Fire Department has trained more than 1,000 people in CPR and using Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). With the help of the American Heart Association and backed by our medical staff from Emory Hospital, cardiac arrest saves are up to 13 percent from 3 percent prior to Sandy Springs Fire Department taking over. The City was awarded one of eight “American City & County” magazine’s 2007 Crown Community Awards for the start up of the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department and is also a Heart Ready City.
Do You Know How To Perform Life-Saving CPR?
Performing simple hands-only CPR doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest, yet the vast majority of Americans don’t know how to administer this life-saving procedure. Are you prepared to act if someone you care about stops breathing? Could you be a hero to a fellow citizen if they need your help?
Sandy Springs Fire Rescue is supporting our community by offering free CPR classes to civic groups in our city. All groups are welcome, including churches, home owner’s associations, social clubs, businesses and organizations. Upon your request, firefighters will visit your group with CPR practice kits, and give you vital knowledge that you may someday use to save a life. A class typically lasts 45 minutes, but can be tailored to fit with your meeting schdule. Classes can be as small as 20 participants or as large as 200 participants.
For more information, or to discuss setting up a training class, email Shannon Cichosz with Sandy Springs Fire Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone him at 770-722-5367. Please note that this training does not provide CPR certification.
C.P.R. certification courses may be taken through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
Not a member of a civic group? You can still learn CPR Online...
The American Heart Association is a great resource for information about CPR. Visit their website to find out how CPR training has impacted the cardiac arrest survival rate of in America, and learn simple, yet critical CPR techniques. Spending a few minute of your time on the site could help you save a life.
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