On April 13, the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and the American Heart Association has designated the Town of Southington as a HEART Safe Community. This three-year designation recognizes the town’s commitment to provide improved cardiac response and care to the residents.
“The Town of Southington is committed to providing quality heart safe services to the residents and visitors of the town,” said Garry Brumback, Southington Town Manager, in a press release from the Department of Public Health. “This designation recognizes the Town’s efforts to prepare staff and citizens to recognize when someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond.” Brumback credited the efforts of the Southington Fire Department and the Plainville-Southington Health District in assisting Southington to receive this designation.
HEART Safe Communities is a program designed to promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It focuses on strengthening the “chain of survival,” utilizing early 9-1-1 access, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation and advanced care.
HEART Safe Communities helps communities and organizations to:
- Educate citizens about sudden cardiac arrest and improving heart health.
- Raise money to place Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the hands of emergency medical service, fire and police personnel, and to make AEDs available in businesses, schools and other public gathering places
- Train people how to use AEDs and perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR)
By having 36 AED’s in public buildings and over 200 residents and staff trained in CPR, Southington far exceeded the requirements to become a HEART Safe Community.
For more information on the HEART Safe program, visit the Department of Public Health at http://www.ct.gov/dph.