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Welcome to the Valley Park Fire District Website. We hope you find this resource to be educational, entertaining, and informational. Should you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the website, feel free to email me at jley@vpfire.org.

STAY ALIVE WITH HANDS-ONLY CPR

WHY LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR?

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States.
  • When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
  • Sadly, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.
  • Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.


BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

  • 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings.
  • Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives.
  • Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

The AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems. Watch this one minute video to quickly learn Hands-Only CPR in the unfortunate situation that a family member, friend or bystander needs CPR.

If you would like to take a full CPR class and get your AHA card, please click on the CPR section on the left of our website to learn more about signing up for a class.