Across the US there are 1000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest EVERY DAY! For most people a fire crew or EMS unit is about 5 minutes away, and every minute that passes also means a decrease in the chances of survival for that patient. The faster that CPR(Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is initiated the best chance that patient will have to recover from the cardiac arrest. At city events like the salsa festival you will often find a booth with our firefighters teaching CPR. We teach bystander “hands-only” CPR which if initiated promptly after a person enters cardiac arrest can increase their chances of survival significantly. Next time you see an Oxnard Firefighter make sure to ask them to teach you Sidewalk CPR; it will only take about five minutes, and by the end of it you will be able to help save a life!!!!
Pulse Point is a tool for the community that can be used to help save the life of you and your neighbor! It is a smartphone app that will alert you when CPR is needed for a someone in cardiac arrest. It will show the location of the nearest AED and teach a person what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest. Download Pulse Point on your smartphone and follow Ventura County dispatch to receive alerts on cases that may be happening near you! Click here for more information on Pulse Point!