HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – In most public buildings now a days you’ll see an ‘AED’ or automated external defibrillator. While they come in handy in emergency situations, most paramedics will tell you they can’t replace good old fashioned CPR.
That’s what town employees in Halfmoon were learning today from their local EMS crews. Their response time is about six minutes. In that time you should perform CPR. And the statistics, if you don’t, are shocking.
For every one minute CPR is not being done on somebody in cardiac arrest, they lose 10% of their chance for survival.
“Today we’ve trained over 60 town employees to provide life essential CPR. A skill in that minutes really matter. I think we’ve done a great job here today,” said John Wasielewski, Halfmoon Town Councilman.
“It was harder than I thought it would be. They make it fun. In a real situation I don’t know how we would do, but it’s good to know,” said Lisa Perry, Town Supervisor’s Office.
This is the first time the town has offered such training to its employees and they hope to make it an annual and very competitive event.