115 Kids Trained in CPR, National Night Out 2018
An annual tradition to bring communities together, National Night Out takes place every August and draws hundreds of people in communities all around the United States. The evening consists of law enforcement, EMS, Fire, Hospitals, and other local businesses all coming together in one area to unite and educate families. The up close and personal environment allows children and their parents alike an opportunity to have hands on experiences from the local first responders and other community service agencies. NNO is a valuable experience to help kids of all ages gain a positive mindset towards their local heroes and prevent stress or fear if ever they are needed to come to their aid in a real-life emergency.
There was plenty of excitement at the MMR booth. Families had a chance to spin the prize wheel to learn facts about EMS, tour the inside of an ambulance, learn hands-only CPR, see mechanical CPR or “thumper” demonstrations, be strapped on to the stretcher cot, and have arm bandage demonstrations. Even Sammy Spirit joined in on the fun and was given a quick “ride” on the stretcher.
Over 115 children participated in the hands-only CPR demonstrations and are now equipped to perform hands-only CPR if the situation ever arises. This life saving skill can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival but sadly less than 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. MMR has dedicated many hours to teaching hands-only CPR as part of a HeartSafe Community endeavor that strives to train as many citizens in CPR as possible. Knowing that over 100 more children now know hands-only CPR is one of our favorite moments from National Night Out. We hope you had a favorite moment as well and thank you for your participation!
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