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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2005

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA ANNOUNCES NEW FDNY CPR TRAINING UNIT AND PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

New unit established to help teach CPR to students and community members- introduces American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Learning program to students attending the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will join the American Heart Association at the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn to announce the creation of the new FDNY CPR Training Unit and a new partnership with the American Heart Association. The unit—the first of it’s kind for the FDNY—will be staffed with FDNY-EMS instructors and will offer free life-saving CPR training to schools and various community organizations beginning as early as May.

The creation of the unit is in response to the PHENYCS study, which found that over the last 10 years, despite a doubling of ambulance tours, a reduction in response times by 50% and implementation of the first-responder defibrillation program, overall cardiac survival rate in New York City is still only 3.1%.

As part of the announcement the American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR Learning Program will be demonstrated. It is a revolutionary approach to teaching the basic skills of CPR, a self-directed educational experience that can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of the EMS Bureau John Peruggia, members of the FDNY CPR Training unit, AHA National Emergency Cardiac Care Volunteer and Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine & Director of Prehospital Education, Department of Emergency Medicine at the State University of NY at Stony Brook, Edward R. Stapleton, New York City Department of Education Health Education Unit Director, Fred Kaeser and students from the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety

WHAT:

Announcement of new FDNY Training Unit followed by a CPR program demonstration

WHERE:

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety at Thomas Jefferson High School
400 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 10:00AM

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / David Billig (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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