Camano Island CPR training taught 782 to save lives

I felt compelled to write a personal letter. I’m the fire chief at Camano Island Fire & Rescue, but also a very proud member of this community and want to tell you why.

During Emergency Medical Service Week, May 22-27, Camano Island Fire & Rescue had a booth outside the local IGA in Camano Island Plaza. Our goal was to train 500 community members in hands-only CPR. We actually trained 782 people in this procedure! I am grateful that so many of our friends and neighbors took a few minutes to learn how to save a life. That’s the kind of people we have here on the Island. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and also to our firefighters who were in the hot sun providing this training.

The idea behind the training is that community members are able to administer life-saving CPR for those initial few minutes until our paramedics can arrive. Just a few minutes of CPR means that we have a greater chance of successfully shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm. We’re also working on getting to the scene faster by adding personnel through a fire levy lid lift this fall.

Thank you for caring.

Chief Michael Schick

Camano Island

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