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AMR to provide free CPR training to help saves lives, make community safer (Photo) - 05/21/18

(Portland, OR.) – During the week of May 20, local EMS provider American Medical Response (AMR) will provide coaching to local residents to teach them to save lives through compression-only CPR. The CPR Challenge event is part of AMR’s nationwide observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week with events being held nationwide.

Compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep life-saving blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm. Bystanders who provide compression-only CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival. Several locations throughout Portland are participating in the CPR Challenge event.

For the second year, AMR is partnering with both ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) and IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs) at events throughout the nation this week. For more information about AMR’s CPR Challenge, please visit www.amr.net/CPR

WHAT:             AMR to provide free CPR training as part of a nationwide event

WHEN:           

  • May 23rd - 9:00 - 2:15, David Douglas High School1001 SE 135th Ave, Portland, OR (for students and faculty)
  • May 23rd - 11:00 - 1:30, Clackamas Community College**, 19600 S Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR (Community Ctr)
  • May 24th - 9:30 - 2:30, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry), 1945 Water Ave., Portland, OR     
  • May 24th - 11:00 - 3:00, Oregon Health Authority**, 800 NE Oregon, Portland, OR  
  • May 25th - 9:30 - 2:30, Oregon Zoo**, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR                                                                                         

Visuals                AMR EMT’s and Paramedics providing free training, members of the community learning a life-saving skills.

Additional            Venues with (**) will also be introducing Stop the Bleed hemorrhage control training to lay rescuers.     

 

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About American Medical Response

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

AMR River Rescue Team Prepares for 20th Season - Drowning Prevention through Education, Vigilance and Rescue - 05/18/18

American Medical Response (AMR)’s River Rescue Team is preparing to kick-off its 20th season. Media is invited to attend the 20th Anniversary Kick-off on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. AMR's River Rescue Technicians (lifeguards trained in swiftwater rescue) will staff Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, and High Rocks Park in Gladstone, starting on Saturday, May 26th, of the Memorial Day weekend. River Rescue will staff the parks seven days a week during the following hours: Glenn Otto 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, High Hocks 10:30 am - 7:30 pm. 

Before AMR’s River Rescue Program began in 1999, Glenn Otto and High Rocks Parks previously claimed two to four lives each year. The mission of AMR’s River Rescue Team is to prevent drowning by providing water safety/water condition information, identify and alert swimmers and park visitors to potential hazards, and rescue swimmers in distress.  

High water levels from mountain snowpack can mean fast currents, unexpected drop-offs and cold water temperatures in spring. Life jackets are STRONGLY recommended for anyone on, in, or near the water. 

Drowning is preventable.  Awareness and simple steps can save a life.

  • Wear a properly sized U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when in, on, or near water, including docks and beaches
  • Be aware and prepared for the hazards before you go in (swift currents, cold shock, debris)
  • Know your swimming abilities – If you can’t swim, don’t go in!
  • Keep children within arm’s reach and provide constant supervision in and around water 

Event:           AMR's River Rescue Program Kick-Off and Media Event**

Date:             10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm Friday, May 25, 2018

                      Contact us for earlier or later hours

Attending:     AMR's River Rescue Team, Justine Kilsby, AMR River Rescue Program Coordinator

Location:       Glenn Otto Park, Troutdale, Oregon

                      1106 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

**Photo, video & audio opportunities available during River Rescue training demonstrations.

 

See last season statistics and additional information in the attached news release.

 

 

Safe Kids Portland Metro Celebrates Safe Kids Day at the Zoo - 05/03/18

                 A time for families in the Portland Metro Area to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives

WHO: Safe Kids Portland Metro (locally lead by AMR) and partners AMR River Rescue, Ceasefire Oregon, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, Legacy Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, Operation Lifesaver, Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Parks & Recreation, Providence Children’s Health, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue work together to help keep kids safe.  Safe Kids Day is supported by Platinum Level Sponsors: Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Nationwide and Tide.  Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran will be a special guest again this year.

 

WHERE: Oregon Zoo

               4001 SW Canyon Road

               Portland, Oregon  97221

 

WHEN:  9:30 am to 2:30 pm, May 5th, 2018

 

WHAT: This is the 20th Anniversary of Safe Kids Day at the Zoo - a fun family event to celebrate kids, help families learn about how to prevent injuries, and how to take simple steps to make their kids safer. Children and parents will participate in fun games and activities while learning how to stay safe on the road, in the home and at play.  https://www.safekids.org/safekidsday.  Providence Children's Health is sponsoring the bike helmet distribution this year.  Bike helmets will be available at no cost for the first 900 participants with a completed passport.

 

WHY: Around the world, a million children die each year from preventable injuries. Millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. In fact, preventable injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and resources to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.

 

About American Medical Response/Safe Kids Portland Metro

American Medical Response, Inc. is America’s leading provider of emergency medical services and medical transportation and provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia.  Visit www.amr.net and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas, Clark, and Cowlitz Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.  Safe Kids Portland Metro (led by AMR) works with coalition partners to prevent unintentional injuries to children.  SKPM has been a coalition since 2004. Visit www.safekids.org