The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), led by Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, on Monday, kicked-off CPR Week at a press conference at Griffith Observatory, where he encouraged all Angelenos to take just a few minutes this week to learn Hands-Only CPR, a skill that saves lives.
Chief Terrazas was joined by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu of the 4th District, LAFD Medical Director Dr. Marc Eckstein, and LAFD Firefighter Allen Janzen to announce the beginning of CPR Week in LA.
Throughout the week, the LAFD’s Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Unit will join with partners including the Department of Recreation and Parks to host free public Hands-Only CPR trainings, which take a little as five minutes to learn the life-saving skill. Additionally, the public will be educated on the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that when used in conjunction with Hands-Only CPR, help provide a crucial link in the chain of cardiac arrest survival.
“Everyone should know how to perform Hands-Only CPR, a simple skill that can be learned in less than five minutes,” said Chief Terrazas. “I encourage Angelenos to stop by any of the locations this week where we’ll be teaching CPR because you never know whose life may depend on it.”
At the press conference, LAFD Firefighter Allen Janzen, on the job for only six months, detailed an incident two weeks ago where he found himself as a bystander while off duty at a gym in Northridge. While working out, FF Janzen was alerted to an elderly man in the gym who had suddenly collapsed and was unconscious and not breathing. Firefighter Janzen immediately rushed to the fallen man’s aid, began CPR and instructed fellow gym-goers to call 911 and locate the facility’s AED. By the time LAFD paramedics arrived on scene, the victim was once again breathing, awake and talking to Janzen and first responders.
“I was grateful to be at the right place at the right time,” said Janzen, “Hands-Only CPR and access to an AED truly saved this man’s life and it’s a skill everyone can learn with just a little training.”
The CRR Unit will be providing Hands-Only CPR training at the following locations this week:
Tuesday, November 7:
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
1300 N. Vermont Ave.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8:
Metro Red Line Station
Sunset Boulevard & Vermont Avenue
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, November 9:
Vons Supermarket Parking Lot
4520 Sunset Blvd.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, November 10:
The Greek Theater
2700 N. Vermont Ave.
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Additional Hands-Only CPR training sites are being hosted by the Department of Recreation and Parks. To find a list of these locations, visit www.laparks.org/events
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