Tagged with: University of Alaska Fire Department
March 3, 2021
Every day, people die when their heart stops pumping because of heart disease and other causes.
In the Fairbanks area alone, more than 50 people die annually from cardiac arrest. Many times, there are people nearby that are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. CPR can sustain a life in the crucial ﬁrst few minutes following a cardiac arrest. The problem is that the people trained in CPR often aren’t aware that somebody nearby needs their help.
We are fortunate that in Fairbanks we have ambulances staﬀed with highly trained, well-equipped emergency medical technicians and paramedics, a ﬁrst-class 911 system to dispatch them, and a superb emergency department at our community hospital. Even in the very best system, though, it takes several minutes for someone to dial 911 and for emergency medical personnel to arrive at the scene of the emergency.