CPR Saves Motorists' Life in Chino Valley

18 April 2017   Rick Chase
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Early CPR Saves Mans Life in Chino Valley

On the morning of March 25, 2017 at 07:32 Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) responded to the report of an unconscious person in a vehicle on Highway 89 in Chino Valley. While enroute to the incident the crew was advised that the patient was in cardiac arrest, and CPR had been started. First responders arrived on the scene and continued medical treatment. The patient was transported by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center with fire personnel on board.

An off duty CAFMA firefighter was on his way to work when he came across a truck parked in the middle of the highway with a person lying on the ground next to the driver’s door. Two bystanders had pulled the person from the vehicle, but were unsure of his condition. The off duty firefighter, who was on his way into work, determined the person was not breathing. He immediately started chest compressions and continued CPR until first responders arrived.

Thanks to the early CPR provided by the off-duty firefighter, the quick response of the on-duty crews, and the care provided by emergency room staff the patient was released from the hospital approximately a week later. The importance of early CPR in this type of situation cannot be overstated. Without early care, chances of survival are slim at best. Remember to call 911 in any emergency.

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority offers community CPR classes. Please call our Administrative Office at (928) 772-7711 for information regarding these classes.

Rick Chase
Fire Marshal
Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority

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