– The Cardiac Life Extension and Rescue Coalition (C.L.E.A.R.) in partnership with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association will conduct a “Train the Legislators” event on Wednesday, March 11, in room 230 of the Georgia State Capitol. Georgia State Representatives and their staff will attend the event, where they will witness a series of instructor-led demonstrations of Adult CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) techniques.
A projected 100 state representatives and their staff will attend the demonstrations which will include interactive lecture and hands-on skill practice using Adult CPR manikins. All participants will learn Adult CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) skills to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. The demonstrations will highlight the importance for all Georgians to learn CPR, how to used an AED and the need to increase public access to AEDs.
“The C.L.E.A.R. Coalition, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Georgia House of Representatives want the public to know that everyone has the power to save a life,” said State Representative Bill Hembree, Republican- Douglasville area, and one of the key promoters of the “Train the Legislators” event. “At least one person in every school, every household and on every office floor should be trained and certified in first aid and CPR-AED training,” added Hembree.
On average, it takes first responders ten minutes to arrive on scene of a medical emergency. For someone who is has stopped breathing or is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest that may be too late. The C.L.E.A.R. Coalition, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association and the Georgia House of Representatives believe that CPR training coupled with public access to AEDs can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for many Georgians.