Friday, December 20, 2013

OFPD pushes use of AEDs in retail and public locations at Rotary Club speech

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OFPD pushes use of AEDs in retail and public locations at Rotary Club speech

On December 19, 2013 the Orland Park Rotary Club hosted an Orland Fire Protection District presentation on Community CARE at Silver Lakes Country Club.  Approximately 30 members of the Rotary Club were present to hear Battalion Chief Raymond Kay speak about the districts program to save lives.  Community CARE is a program geared toward saving victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). 

Early CPR and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are the key public components of the Community CARE program.  State laws like the Colleen O'Sullivan Law, which requires all indoor physical fitness facilities operated by any local government to have an AED on premises, is complimentary with the Community CARE program.

The program detailed how nearly 1,000 people each day in the country experience SCA.  While the national average rate to save SCA victims is approximately 10%, the average save rate in the Orland Fire District is approximately 46%.  

The rate in the district is due in great part to early CPR and AED use.  Members also had the opportunity to watch a CPR demonstration and to try CPR for themselves.

The Community CARE program is driven to work with community service groups like the Rotary Club, and retail establishments, in order to share the message about SCA, AEDs and how to sign up for FREE CPR classes.  To learn more about Community CARE go to the website at:

Pictured above is (left to right): Battalion Chief Kay of the Orland Fire Protection District and John A. Bibeau, President of the Orland Park Rotary Club