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AMR to Provide Hands Only CPR Training during EMS Week - 05/21/19

Learn to Save Lives - Make Community Safer

(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 (aka Hands Only) CPR. The CPR Challenge event is part of AMR’s nationwide observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week with events being held nationwide.

Hands 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 this compression-only CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival. Several locations throughout Portland are participating in the 2019 CPR Challenge event.

For a third year, AMR is collaborating with both ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) and IAFC (International Associations 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 22 - David Douglas High School* 

                            May 22 -  Clackamas Community College

                            May 23 - OMSI    

                            May 24 - Oregon Zoo*                                                                    

 

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

OTHER:               Venues will also be introducing Stop the Bleed hemorrhage control training for lay rescuers.  Visit

                             www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed for more details. 

Event times and additional information on AMR's Facebook page! https://link.zixcentral.com/u/1638bdfd/jHmQ8eh76RGDlY9mNByh5A?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAMRMultnomahandClackamasCounties

 

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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 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

AMR's River Rescue Team Readies for 21st Season - 05/21/19

Drowning Prevention through Education, Vigilance and Rescue

(Portland, OR.) – American Medical Response (AMR) River Rescue Team is completing their training academy in preparation to kick-off its 21st season this week.  Media is invited to attend the annual Kick-off event on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. River Rescue Technicians (lifeguards trained in swiftwater rescue) will provide lifeguard services at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, and High Rocks Park in Gladstone, starting Saturday, May 25, of the Memorial Day weekend. River Rescue Technicians will monitor the river at the parks seven days a week during the following hours:

  • Glenn Otto Park, Troutdale:   10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • High Hocks, Gladstone:         11:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Springtime in Oregon means high water levels from mountain snowpack, fast, cold currents, and unexpected debris and drop-offs. AMR’s River Rescue Team strongly recommends anyone on, in, or near the water wear life jackets. 

Before AMR’s River Rescue Program began in 1999, the rivers at 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 visitors with water safety and water condition information, to identify and alert swimmers and park visitors of potential hazards, and to rescue swimmers in distress.  

Drowning is preventable.  Being aware of hazards can save lives. AMR’s River Rescue Team recommends you:

  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size when you are in, on, or near water - including docks and beaches
  • Are aware and prepared for the hazards before you go in (swift currents, cold shock, debris)
  • Know your swimming abilities – If you cannot swim, do not 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 24, 2019

                         Contact us for earlier or later hours

Attending:     AMR's River Rescue Team and Leah Gordon, 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.

 

2018 River Rescue Season Totals:

Glenn Otto Park          32,614 visitors

High Rocks Park         28,376 visitors

Total                           60,990 visitors

 

Rescues and Assists by Type

 

      2018

Swimmer

        84

Non-swimmer

        23

Boater

        13

Total

      120


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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 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

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Oregon Zoo Hosts SAFE KIDS DAY on May 4th (Photo) - 04/27/19

Learn 10 Ways to Save a Child’s Life

(Portland, OR) Safe Kids Coalitions across the country are celebrating Safe Kids Day in May – a day to raise awareness about preventable injuries and take action to keep kids safe. Most parents are surprised to learn that unintentional injuries are the No. 1 killer of kids in the United States. On Saturday, May 4, Safe Kids Portland Metro* led by American Medical Response, will hold its 21st annual Safe Kids Day event at the Oregon Zoo. Safe Kids Day activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are free with zoo admission.    

Guests who visit the 10 safety stations located throughout the zoo will learn simple steps to protect kids from serious or fatal injury. Activities focus on taking actions that can save lives such as wearing bike helmets, life jackets, and seat belts or locking up medicines and poisons. The Safety Safari has games for kids and important safety information for parents and caregivers. Every child who completes the safari (gets eight of 10 stamps on a passport) receives a prize.

Prizes include free bike helmets for the first 500 kids and adults and a chance to win raffle prizes of bikes and scooters. Event sponsors include AMR, Ceasefire Oregon, Community Cycling Center, Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Legacy Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, Operation Lifesaver, Oregon Burn Center, Oregon Poison Center, Oregon Zoo, Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Parks and Recreation, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Multnomah Safe Routes to School, Safe Kids Washington County, Stop at 4, ThinkFirst Oregon, and Washington County Bikes. National sponsors are Fed Ex, Bell, State Farm, Johnson & Johnson, Tide, Union Pacific, and GM.

Safe Kids Portland Metro works to protect kids from accidental injury from falls, car crashes, poisonings, drowning, and other accidents. They have been working to prevent injuries to Portland-area kids for more than 21 years.

The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light-rail train. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit www.trimet.org for fare and route information.

General zoo admission is $11.50 (ages 12-64), $10 for seniors (65 and older), $8.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger. Additional information is available at www.oregonzoo.org or by calling 503-226-1561. 


The Oregon “Zoo For All” program offers $5 admission to qualifying visitors.

See: https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2017/09/zoo-all-offers-5-admission-qualifying-visitors

 

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*Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit dedicating to preventing childhood injuries. www.safekids.org.

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, :www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.