City of Phoenix to receive 500 CPR Anytime kits to implement the Cities of Service Volunteer CPR Blueprint to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

The city of Phoenix is one of five cities that have been chosen by the American Heart Association and Cities of Service to receive 500 CPR Anytime Kits (or Hands-Only CPR training kits) to help turn more of their residents into lifesavers.

Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of more than 180 mayors committed to using citizen service to address local needs. Last year’s grant recipients were able to train nearly 17,000 people in lifesaving Hands-Only CPR skills. This year, Phoenix plans to train 3,000 Phoenix residents to act as first responders in cardiac arrest emergencies.

The grants will support the implementation of the Cities of Service Volunteer CPR Blueprint, a high-impact service strategy in which the mayors’ office partners with local medical professionals and emergency responders to train volunteers to use the lifesaving Hands-Only CPR technique.

The Blueprint calls for the volunteers, who are trained by professionals, to teach CPR to at least five other residents to vastly improve a community’s ability to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies.

The city’s partners include the fire department, Mayor’s Office and City Manager’s Office. Phoenix will target residents, employees, faith-based organizations and scout leaders.

Hands-Only CPR is a quick, easy way to save more lives. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Doing these compressions at the proper beat can more than double a person’s chances of survival. Coincidentally, the proper beat matches the classic Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.”

Cities interested in the grant program or joining the Cities of Service coalition can email to learn how to get involved.

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