A new program in the Bismarck-Mandan community could help save lives.
Today was the first day Bismarck-Mandan was named a Heart safe community. Heartsafe is a program that registers public automated external defibrillator’s with the 911 system. The council is looking to have AED’s put in to many businesses across Bismarck-Mandan. Members of the safety council say there is a 60% survival when an AED is available during cardiac arrest. Organizers are putting this together so when someone calls 911, the fire department will be able to quickly locate an AED in a state of emergency.
“Those first four minutes are actually critical during a cardiac emergency. So, knowing where that’s at, we can get that to them immediately. So we knew, we want to keep Bismarck and Mandan a heart safe community and give them the tools they need to survive any cardiac event” says Chelle Doll of the ND Safety Council.
On June 25th the North Dakota safety council will be offering hands only free CPR class to teach the correct way to do compressions. The class will also include how to properly use an AED.