October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims more than 380,000 lives per year, and is the leading cause of death in the United States. If the availability of timely and appropriate care is increased, survival rates will improve. These deaths occur in all ages, genders, ethnicities and geographic areas -SCA can strike anyone, anytime. Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) accessible in schools and places of public gathering increases an SCA victim's chance of survival. What can YOU do? Learn CPR and then get your friends and family involved too. Ask your employer to place an AED onsite at your place of work. Visit our CPR & AED Awareness page to learn more about these life saving tools.
2013 Life Safety Achievement Award
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.
"The heroic efforts of our local fire service aren't limited to rushing into burning buildings to save families. They also present educational information to local schools and other community groups to make sure people know how to respond to fires and how to prevent them in the first place," said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. "The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year."
National Teen Driver Safety Week - October 19-25, 2014
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey show that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives. Even if you think they don't hear you, they do. Remember, the "5 to Drive". Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road. Learn More