December 2011 brought a great gift to the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department (TVVFD) and the residents of our Village: the gift of life. Because of your generous donations, the TVVFD has been able to purchase five Automated External Defibrillators (AED's). They have been installed at the Wellness Center, Chota Recreation Center, the Yacht Club, and Tanasi and Toqua Golf clubhouses.
AED's are essential when attempting to resuscitate a victim of cardiac arrest. Most cardiac arrests occur when the heart goes from a normal pumping rhythm to a chaotic firing of electrical impulses. This causes the heart to quiver uncontrollably and renders it unable to pump blood throughout the body. This condition is called ventricular fibrillation. When this condition occurs, brain and heart cells begin to die in about four minutes without intervention.
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) allows the operator to manually pump blood through the heart and brain to keep these organs alive until the arrival of an AED, as CPR will not convert the heart to a normal pumping rhythm. It is, however, a life saving stop-gap measure until the AED is available to shock the heart back into a normal pumping rhythm. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), every minute that the application of an AED is delayed it significantly reduces the chances of survival for a cardiac arrest victim.
TVVFD maintains seven additional AEDs; one in each rescue vehicle, and in five of our Responder’s vehicles. Having the five new AEDs strategically placed in high volume buildings will allow for quicker access for those who are trained to perform CPR and to use the AED.
Four members of the TVVFD and two members of the TVVFD Auxiliary are American Heart Association (AHA) certified CPR/AED instructors and are willing to provide classes for Tellico Village residents on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the fire house, 210 Chota Road. There is no charge for this training. Upon completion of the class, students will be certified by the AHA to perform CPR and use an AED, Students will also receive an AHA CPR/AED certification card.
If you are a present or retired healthcare professional and require or wish Healthcare Provider CPR/AED certification a separate advanced Healthcare Provider class will be provided.
Classes consist of a minimum of five and a maximum of 20 students. To request training information or to sign up, send an email to [email protected]. You or your group will be placed on a list and notified by phone when a sufficient number of students are obtained.
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