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    Maricopa City Council Receives Crash Course in CPR


    (MARICOPA, AZ: 2-4-2014) The Maricopa Fire Department took tonight’s City Council meeting as an opportunity to do a hands-on demonstration with the Maricopa City mayor and council to show how one minute of training can save a life.


    The ten minute presentation included the 1 minute American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR class, led by Maricopa Fire Department’s Senior PIO/Paramedic/Firefighter Brad Pitassi, showed the council the basic techniques involved in saving a life. The PA played Staying Alive as they worked on the CPR dummies in front of them. (The song Staying Alive has the perfect beat for the rhythm of heart compressions required to be effective)


    The MFD also took the moment to announce that The City of Maricopa has installed AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in many of the city’s public buildings. These devices are self-contained and include step-by-step audio prompts on how to use them as well as ‘listen’ to the patient’s heart to determine if and when a shock is required.


    While the demonstration coincided with the American Heart Association’s 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, the event was inspired by a recent real life incident that occurred just south of the city.


    On January 11, a 2 year old girl, attending a swap meet with her parents, fell down a 6 foot septic tank. Bystanders that heard her mother’s screams rushed into action. 2 attendees dove head first into the tank and fished the little girl out. When she was brought up, she was not breathing. Another visitor, with CPR training, performed CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation on her. The girl was revived well before emergency crews arrived. When crews arrived, the girl was responsive and was then transported to an area hospital with no ill effects of the ordeal. These actions were absolutely credited with saving the little girl’s life.


    Photo 1: Maricopa Vice Mayor Ed Farrell (L) and Mayor Christian Price (red shirt) enthusiastically work on CPR dummies as they, along with the rest of the city council, take a moment to learn CPR basics during the 2-4-2014 Maricopa City Council meeting at Maricopa City Hall.


    Photo 2: Maricopa Firefighter Curto works with 15 year old Bianca (L), and 12 year old Amelia Manfredi on CPR training as well as basic use of the newly installed Automated External Defibrillator at Maricopa City Hall during Tuesday’s Maricopa City Council meeting.


    Photo 3: Maricopa Fire Department’s Senior PIO/Paramedic/Firefighter Brad Pitassi explains the benefits and ease of use of the newly installed Automated External Defibrillators to the Maricopa City Council during the February 4th City Council Meeting.


    Photo 4: Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies investigate the septic tank that a little girl nearly perished in on 1-11-2014. Quick work by bystanders was credited for saving her life. Their actions were later recognized by PCSO’s Sheriff Paul Babeu at a public ceremony in their honor later that week.


    Photos and text by Howard WaGGner/News of Maricopa

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