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Board of County Commissioners
Leon County Courthouse
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/1/2015

CONTACT: 

Mathieu Cavell
Public Information Officer

(850) 606-5300


Leon County Hosts "Press the Chest 2015" - Free Educational Community-Wide CPR Training Event

Who: Leon County
What: Press the Chest 2015
When: Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. 12 noon
Where: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St.

Leon County is gearing up for a fifth year of “Press the Chest” – a community-wide CPR training event – on Saturday, June 27, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. On-site registration is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. The event will be hosted in collaboration with the Leon County Health Department, FAMU Student Health Services, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and Capital Regional Medical Center. This annual event focuses on the importance of training and confidence in the knowledge of how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). 

Approximately 400 participants registered for the successful “Press the Chest 2014”. Like the past four years, highly credentialed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel will be on hand for this year’s event to teach new recommendations for the emergency-rescue procedure known as CPR. Procedures were updated by the American Heart Association in 2010 from the previous recommendation of A-B-C (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) method to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing). Participants will also be taught the importance of high-quality CPR, doing CPR correctly and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Each year, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of nearly 400,000 people throughout the country. Leon County EMS data show that CPR is performed only 20 percent of the time by bystanders in the community prior to EMS arrival. 

Each participant of “Press the Chest 2015” will receive an American Heart Association CPR Anytime kit, which contains a CPR manikin, DVD and educational materials and supplies. These kits are for the participant to keep and to encourage them to train family and friends.

“Press the Chest 2015” serves as a public service event for Leon County EMS – an award-winning, full-service emergency medical service transport provider in Leon County. Leon County’s EMS has reached the highest standards for an ambulance service and ranks among the best performers in the industry. EMS has been recently re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which sets national standards. Chief Tom Quillin leads Leon County EMS and in 2011 was named the National EMS Executive of the Year by the National EMS Management Association.

For more information regarding Leon County’s “Press the Chest 2015”, contact EMS Capt. Sally Davis, Public Education Coordinator, at (850) 606-2100 / DavisSal@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

To register for the annual event, visit www.LeonCountyFL.gov/PressTheChest .

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