Last night I finally renewed the CPR certification I let lapse six years ago. I didn’t intentionally let it lapse, at the time I was planning on taking a First Responder calss through the Winona, MN fire department, but lapse it did. Our Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service group had requested to get certified and one of the FF/EMTs who works for Emergency Management did the training. He modified the training slightly and got an 8 hour class done in two. That’s what I’m talking about.
I’m glad I got the chance to test the skills. I’ve kept up with the new AHA guidelines, but never knew for sure if I was doing everything right.
Recently I have been discussing the idea of CPR certification and obtaining at least one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with one of my bosses. I spoke with him today and it looks like we can get Lifepak 500s for around $2,000 each. I found an AED Grant Program which will partially fund the units we would like. Now I need to fill out the grant app, find a physician to act as Medical Oversight, draft an EMS Activation Protocol, get the powers that be to approve all of this, plus I would like to form a committee to draft some general emergency preparedness procedures for administrative approval.
Our building covers an entire city block and my thinking is taht we need to have at least 2 units. We have an additional outbuilding that is not directly connected with the main building and should probably have one there too. In thinking about it tonight I would optimally like to have one unit per floor on each side of teh building where we usually have people. That makes the total number of desired units about six. I’ll have to see if this is feasable or not. Maybe I want too many AEDs. I’m not sure what the proper balance is between cost and time/distance.
If anyone has ever done something like this, has thoughts, or knows the EMS medical director for the city of Baltimore leave a message in the comments. I could use some guidance.