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When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her chances of survival greatly increase if someone nearby can immediately perform CPR. Unfortunately, fewer than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. To encourage more people to step in and help, the American Heart Association has simplified the CPR recommendations, endorsing ‘hands-only’ CPR.

The St. Louis Fire Department Foundation, in collaboration with the St. Louis Fire Department, invites your organization to take advantage of this 45-minute lifesaving presentation to increase the chance of survival. Employees will have the opportunity to learn and practice this vital lifesaving skill through a teaching session by a licensed paramedic. Your organization will receive a complimentary Training Kit, complete with a training manikin and a training DVD following the presentation. A short 5-minute video will illustrate the service the St. Louis Fire Department performs for the City of St. Louis and the impact made by the St. Louis Fire Department Foundation.

Class sizes are limited to 10-50 individuals. The 2019 schedule is quickly filling up. Register today!

SIM Center

In 2013 the St. Louis Fire Department Foundation took on one of its largest fundraising challenges to date – in support of an emergency medical “Simulation Center,” to be located in the Department’s EMS Headquarters. When complete, the SIM Center will be the best of its class for hands-on emergency medical training, carried out in a highly controlled and realistic environment. State of the art technology is employed to create dynamic and challenging scenes and situations. Computers generate assessment data and life-like mannequins respond with appropriate changes in vital signs, EKG tracings, respirations, palpable pulses, patient audibles and other signs and symptoms as immediate “feedback” to the advanced life support treatments delivered by the trainees.

STLFDFoundation first responders are receiving first priority in scheduling training sessions, and soon, area agencies will receive opportunities to train paramedics and EMTs throughout the metropolitan area.

Training began in 2014 resulting in an improved successful intubation success rate of 27%!


“The St. Louis Fire Department Foundation continually looks for new tools to assist the members of the department as they provide lifesaving interventions to the citizens of the City of St. Louis, in addition to those who work and visit the City.”
– Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson

Early Defibrillation:

Over the past decade, the St. Louis Fire Department Foundation’s fundraising efforts have helped make St. Louis ‘heart safe” through a public access defibrillation (PAD) program, one of the largest PAD programs in the United States. Automated External defibrillators (AEDs) now in city offices, buildings (including public schools) are reducing deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. In addition, the Foundation equipped police and fire department vehicles with AEDs so that 1st responders can use them to help cardiac arrest victims in the critical minutes before an ambulance arrives.


Early Advanced Care:

Correct tools and training are critical to allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. By providing new 12-lead ECGs with telemetry capability to the STLFDFoundation ambulance fleet, the Foundation helps provide fast accurate prehospital ECG transmissions, thereby reducing time between EMS arrival and patient’s balloon procedure.

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Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public; CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival and people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR, that is why the St. Louis Fire Department St. Louis Fire Department Foundation in collaboration with the St. Louis Fire Department offers FREE Hands-Only CPR training to your organization.

When asked about the most memorable research published since he became a physician, Dr. Corey Slovis answered:

“Research showing that chest-compression-only CPR can be taught in 1-2 minutes, and that it works better than the standard CPR. [The latter’s] compressions and mouth to mouth ventilation took many hours to teach, and few would do it as they were afraid of putting the mouth on a stranger.”
– Dr. Corey Slovis

Dr. Slovis completed residencies in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital, both in Atlanta. He is chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and is also medical director for the Nashville Fire Department and at the Nashville International Airport.

The superiority of hands-only CPR strongly suggests the need for implementation of public-access defibrillation programs with attempts to increase the number of lay rescuers who can at least perform chest compression CPR and use an AED.

Please join us to add strength in the chain of survival.