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Several members of the City's Public Safety and Public Works Departments along with a crew from the University of Cincinnati’s Air Care were commended at City Council on October 9 for their life-saving teamwork.
The commendations are the result of an incident in July involving a man who was electrocuted.
The man's son was also commended for his part in keeping his father alive. The son was coached in CPR over the phone by dispatchers for the four minutes it took first responders to arrive.
“This incident showcased the teamwork and cooperation that takes place on a daily basis within our City between various departments such as police, fire, public works, etc., and outside agencies like Air Care,” said Tom Wagner, Deputy Chief of Fairfield’s Fire Department. “Because of that incredible teamwork, this story has a great ending.”
"What saved this gentleman was the extraordinary professionalism and highly trained public safety employees who walked the son through CPR followed by the medical crews providing advanced care within minutes," Wagner said. "The importance of bystander CPR cannot be understated."
Related to bystander CPR, Fairfield Fire Department is preparing to roll out a dual purpose class to businesses and residents called "Stop the Bleed" and "Take 10 CPR."
Stop the Bleed will teach how to stop life-threatening bleeding by proper application of a tourniquet or wound-packing and pressure. Take 10 CPR will teach, in 10 minutes, how to perform hands-on CPR (compression only; certificates are not issued for this class.)
These classes will be offered on the first and third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The schedule will be shared soon.