Tulsa City Councilors and City Council staff gathered at City Hall on Thursday to learn how to save a life.
EMSA paramedics lead the training session in hands-only CPR, a procedure that can save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim. They also instructed the group on how to use an AED, or automated external defibrillator.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. Fewer than 10 percent of these cardiac arrest victims will survive.
City Councilors want to help change these statistics in Tulsa by getting trained in CPR and urging others to do the same.
“We want to encourage all Tulsans to take this important step in readying themselves for a crisis situation,” Councilor Phil Lakin, Jr., who organized the event, said