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Above and Beyond: Weekend training continues for Island firefighters, medics

Fri, Mar 18th 2016 07:00 pm

By Ray Pauley

Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.

Grand Island Fire Chief Matt Osinski reports 28 Grand Island Fire Co. members, including rookies and cadets, recently completed a four-hour Saturday morning CPR training session at fire headquarters.

EMS Capt. Don Turner explained the GIFC has adopted revised CPR procedures that maximize survival rates for cardiac patients. This American Heart Association methodology consists of 30 chest compressions for every two ventilations at the rate of 100 to 120 per minute. In addition, pulse rate is checked every two minutes and an automated external defibrillator is used according to its instructions as vocalized. Two-man teamwork is also preferred so that the providers can be rotated as needed.

There is no substitute for this hands-on training experience, according to Turner, who also noted that all these GIFC volunteers received AHA certification for their weekend warrior efforts.

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