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Garland Fire Department and Libraries Work Together to Save Lives

The Garland Fire Department and Garland’s public libraries urge everyone to take 10 minutes to learn CPR and save a life. The Fire Department is in the process of implementing the “10 to Life” program by teaching all City of Garland employees “bystander CPR”. In addition, CPR training kits will be available at all Garland public libraries for citizens to check out, take home, and train everyone in their family.

The number one cause of death in the United States is sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. When a person’s heart stops, irreversible brain damage can occur within just a few minutes. But if someone on scene can administer CPR or has access to an automated external defibrillator (AED), the chances of survival increase dramatically.

“The good news is that bystander CPR can be learned very quickly, the skills are easy to retain, and it may triple the chance of survival,” says Garland Assistant Fire Chief Todd Peele. “We are excited to make CPR training kits available through Garland’s public libraries so that anyone can learn these life-saving skills.”

Make sure all your family members know how to perform CPR. If you don't have your library card yet, bring a current Texas driver's license or State ID to any Garland library. Kits check out for seven days.

”CPR methods have been streamlined by the American Heart Association. Performing chest compressions for until the paramedics may save a life. The kits will teach your family members how to do this in about 10 minutes. Making these available for checkout, like a book, is just another vital resource the libraries provide,” says Claire Bausch, Director of Libraries.

A recent study with Garland Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services division and UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas proved the kits were effective in teaching basic CPR skills.

Important facts about bystander CPR:

  • Bystander CPR involves a method of chest compressions to keep oxygen in the blood circulating through the body until Emergency Medical Services arrives.
  • When bystander CPR is performed the survivability rate for sudden cardiac arrest triples.
  • Since most sudden cardiac arrests occur at home, your spouse is most likely to be in a position to save your life. Make sure your spouse learns bystander CPR, as well as other family members

For more information on library CPR training kits, please call 972-205-2502 or visit the Library website at www.nmls.lib.tx.us.