The City of Pawtucket has been designated a HEARTSafe Community by the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association, Providence Affiliate. The HEARTSafe initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with prevention, early access to care, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced care. The goals of the RI HEARTSafe Community Program are to increase the number of community members trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), increase the number of first responders equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and to ensure community members receive pre-arrival instructions, prior to first responders arriving on scene.
During the assessment and application process, Pawtucket earned points for activities that further the goal of saving lives from cardiac arrest. Examples of such activities include CPR/AED classes, placement of AEDs in public places, promoting CPR/AED response through public safety officials, and developing a process to evaluate our community’s HEARTSafe program.
The chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest have been proven to greatly increase when bystanders or lay rescuers dial 9-1-1, initiate high quality chest compressions and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) before emergency services arrive on the scene. “As someone who preaches preparedness, the City’s designation as a HEARTSafe community is another measure of public safety for the residents of this city,” said Norm Menard, Director of Emergency Management for Pawtucket.
The HEARTSafe designation was earned through a collaborative effort between the City’s Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Management Agency, School Department and Recreation Department. For more information on HEARTSafe, contact Norm Menard, EMS Coordinator for the City of Pawtucket at NMenard@pawtucketpolice.com.
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