Through the efforts of the Lake Havasu City Fire Department, the Police/Fire 9-1-1 Dispatchers, and Havasu Regional Medical Center, Lake Havasu City was able to meet all the guidelines and requirements to become a Heart Safe Community. At the July 8, 2014, Council Meeting, Carol Gibbs, Public Education Coordinator for the Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (SHARE) Program, presented Mayor Mark S. Nexsen with a Heart Safe City award and a letter from Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow, the Emergency Medical Services Director for Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The following are some of the achievements mentioned:
- Fire Department Paramedics have played an active role in teaching Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR) to citizens of Lake Havasu City. They continue to do so on the third Thursday of every month.
- The Police and Fire Departments have ensured that all emergency dispatchers are knowledgeable in providing pre-arrival CPR instructions through the City’s 9-1-1 center.
- HRMC and the Fire Department developed a campaign to increase public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which encourages bystanders to intervene and assist in caring for a person suffering from a possible heart attack.
- CCR protocols were established within the Fire Department.
- The Fire Department has identified high-traffic public areas and helped establish AEDs in those areas. In addition, the AEDs are registered with the SHARE program.
- During real life emergencies, the Fire Department reports AED use to ADHS to support the SHARE program.
- HRMC and the Fire Department collect data related to cardiac arrests and report it to ADHS.
- HRMC became a recognized Cardiac Receiving/Referral Center.
Attachments: Photo of Mayor Mark S. Nexsen receiving award from Carol Gibbs, Public Education Coordinator for the Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (SHARE) Program and copy of the letter from Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow, EMS Director with ADHS, recognizing Lake Havasu City as a Heart Safe City.
Contact: Call Chief Dennis Mueller at (928) 854-4257 for further information.
Contributed by: Jerri Bracamonte