HEARTSafe Communities is a program designed to promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It is a general concept focused upon strengthening the “chain of survival” as described by the American Heart Association; it recognizes and stimulates efforts by individual communities to improve their system for preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) from becoming irreversible death.
At the end of 2015, the CHPD was recognized as the second HeartSafe community in Anoka County, and in 2016 the police department partnered with the fire department to continue to offer free training and outreach to all community members. The entire Public Works department was trained in first aid, CPR, and AED use, as were many other city employees who requested to be trained as well. We also continue to host HeartSafe booths at all of our community picnics, and hand out valuable information on how everyone can save a life, as well as hands-on training for all those interested.
For more information in HEARTSafe contact the Columbia Heights Police Department at 763-706-8100